What Does It Mean for a Christian to Bear Fruit?

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One sad thing that I often hear teachers say is that bearing fruit is saving souls, or doing something that leads to saving souls (i.e. preaching the gospel). This is not a Biblical view of bearing fruit. First of all we cannot save anyone. The fruit that God calls us to bear is the fruit of the Spirit.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
(Gal 5:22-23 ESV)

How do we bear this fruit? It will be surprising to many Christians that it isn’t by trying harder, going to church, or any other works. Your fruit comes from spiritual wisdom and understanding given by the Spirit. Seek Christ with all your heart in humility and He will not turn you away. If your passion for Him is not great enough, pray diligently that He will inflame your heart with such a passion for Him, that you will never be able to look away from Him. Walk in His presence as often as you can and He will share His heart with you.

And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy,
(Col 1:9-11 ESV)

Your fruit will lead you to do good works, but works will never make you bear fruit.

Check out my follow up post: We Bear Fruit by Abiding in Christ

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Posted on February 4, 2011, in Thoughts and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 21 Comments.

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    Christopher “Captain” Kirk

  2. Fantastic!! thank you. I have being worried about this for a long time

  3. THANX This really helped me

  4. I think this answer is not a complete one. please refer Bible for any spiritual answers.
    the following is an extraction from another web post. to save time i just copy it here. ( I agree with this article)

    Christian Fruit

    But back to the biblical teaching on fruit. What is fruit? Actually the question ought to be phrased in the plural: What are fruits which a Christian can bear: The New Testament gives several answers to the question.

    One, a developing Christian character is fruit. If the goal of the Christian life may be stated as Christlikeness, then surely every trait developed in us that reflects His character must be fruit that is very pleasing to Him. Paul describes the fruit of the Spirit in nine terms in Galatians 5:22-23, and Peter urges the development of seven accompaniments to faith in order that we might be fruitful (2 Peter 1:5-8). Two of these terms are common to both lists: love and self-control. The others are joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness goodness, faithfulness, meekness, virtue, knowledge, endurance, piety, and brotherly love. To show these character traits is to bear fruit in one’s life.

    Two, right character will result in right conduct, and as we live a life of good works we produce fruit (Colossians 1:10). This goes hand in hand with increasing in the knowledge of God, for as we learn what pleases Him, our fruitful works become more and more conformed to that knowledge. When Paul expressed how torn he was between the two possibilities of either dying and being with Christ or living on in this life, he said that living on would mean fruitful labor or work (Philippians 1:22). This phrase could mean that (1) his work itself was fruit, or (2) fruit would result from his work. In either case, his life and work were fruit. So may ours be.

    Three, those who come to Christ through our witness are fruit. Paul longed to go to Rome to have some fruit from his ministry there (Romans 1:13), and he characterized the conversion of the household of Stephanas as the firstfruits of Achaia (1 Corinthians 16:15).

    Four, we may also bear fruit with our lips by giving praise to God and thankfully confessing His name (Hebrews 13:15). In other words, our lips bear fruit when we offer thankful acknowledgment to the name of God. And this is something we should do continually.

    Five, we bear fruit when we give money. Paul designated the collection of money for the poorer saints in Jerusalem as fruit (Romans 15:28). Too, when he thanked the Philippians for their financial support of his ministry, he said that their act of giving brought fruit to their account (Philippians 4:17, KJV).

    To sum up, fruit includes: (1) a Christlike character, (2) a life characterized by good works, (3) a faithful witness, (4) a pair of lips that praise God, and (5) a generous giving of one’s money.

  5. Ruben that was an awesome clear explaination..Thanx!!!

  6. christ love you

  7. Thank you and May God greatly bless you.

  8. May the good Lord bless you.

  9. This is so true. Abiding in the Vine that is Christ–because He is fruitful, our own lives will be as well.

  10. thanks peter we have to get away from how we can bear fruit on our on,own rely
    on self effort and start to rely on the holy spirit to help us because we all know that no matter how hard we have tried to produce the fruit in our own effort and we have tried we fail only with the help of the spirit of god can we produce fruit so

  11. beautiful, thank you verymuch

  12. This is was a blessing thank you

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