‘Our fruit is a barometer of what is going on inside of us.’
‘(the Gospel) is constantly bearing fruit … in you since the day you heard of it and understood the grace of God in truth’. Colossians 1:6 NASB
I have tasted some bitter fruit before. The fruit can look sweet and ripe but when you start to eat it, the taste causes your face to screw up. No doubt there’s been times in all of our lives when what has come out of our mouths has been bitter as well.
What we say, do and how we treat others is usually the result of a mish-mash of our feelings about ourselves, value judgements we place on others and our core beliefs. Either way, our fruit is a barometer of what is going on inside of us.
The Apostle Paul told the Colossians that the ‘Gospel’ had been bearing fruit in their lives. The Gospel had allowed them to ‘understand the grace of God in truth’ and the fruit was clearly observable:
since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love which you have for all the saints; because … the gospel which has come to you, … is constantly bearing fruit … since the day you heard of it and understood the grace of God in truth’ (vs 3-8)
I find it interesting that ‘faith and love’ are the result of understanding the grace of God. Understanding the grace of God has a transforming effect in our lives and the resulting fruit is beautiful.