Sorry it has been such a long time since I have wrote last, but, I was getting married and moving across the United States to Louisiana with my Husband!
This is very brief, but here’s what I have been reflecting on the past couple days…
I really have been stuck in Matthew 7 lately and today this real stuck out to me:
“A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.”
Matthew 7:17-20 NLT
I have been looking at myself and realizing how I am a walking billboard for Christ. It recently hit me, with moving to a foreign place, that when people see me, what kind of fruit am I bearing? When an unbeliever looks at me, do they see me or do they see Christ’s character?
I began to look back at all the wedding planning and How stress slowly crept in towards the end. The stress began to overwhelm me and I wasn’t reflecting Christ’s character. However, when Brad and I had our ceremony, many people came up to us afterwards and told us how anointed it was. (It was such a beautiful thing to hear on our wedding day. The biggest blessing is to know that Abbas presence was apparent even to those who don’t know him.)
So how much fruit are you bearing? When unbelievers look at you do they see Christ’s character or you?
“But the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is love [unselfish concern for others], joy, [inner] peace, patience [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting], kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
GALATIANS 5:22-23 AMP
For me, I need to be constant even through trials. What kind of fruit are you bearing in stressful, uncomfortable, and emotionally strenuous situations you may encounter?
It is a big responsibility to be a follower of Christ. No one said it was easy. However, I know that as long as my roots are founded in him and I ask, he will give me all the wisdom and strength and tools I need to reflect his character.