How to Bear Spiritual Fruit (R)
From J.D. Greear’s Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary:
“So if you want to see spiritual fruit in your life, don’t focus primarily on the fruits. Focus on Jesus’ acceptance of you, given to you as a gift. Focusing on spiritual fruit will usually produce only frustration and despair, not fruifulness. . .
“Abiding in Jesus means understanding that His acceptance of us is the same regardless of the amount of spiritual fruit we have produced. Ironically, it is only when we understand that His love is not conditioned on our spiritual fruitfulness that we gain the power to become truly fruitful. Only those who abide in Him will produce much fruit. In other words, those people who get better are those who understand that God’s approval of them is not dependent on their getting better.”