I must bear the fruit of the Spirit if I want people to experience Jesus, raised from the dead, through my life.
If I answer situations I encounter with creative expressions of the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, fullness of faith, gentleness and self-control, I have introduced people to Jesus Himself.
E. Stanley Jones described three levels of life:
- a demonic level – I return evil when I encounter good
- a humanistic level – I return evil for evil: a legalistic response
- a divine level – I return good for evil
I can live at the level Jesus lives in: goodness, even in response to evil. Bear much fruit. Be awesome.