Love is a fruit. Patience, kindness, gentleness, joy, faithfulness, good- ness and self-control are all fruits (Galatians 5:22-23). These characteristics are evident in people who are connected to Jesus, the vine. What others see is a reflection of what’s going on inside of us. As a follower of Jesus, others should see fruit in your life. If you are not seeing fruit in your life, maybe it’s time to connect with Jesus. Get connected to the source that will give you abundant life and produce that fruit in you.
If you are in a season of pruning, it is because you are connecting to Jesus. You are growing, you are changing and He is making you into something more beautiful, something richer and better than what you already are. Jesus is not content letting you stay the way you are—He wants more for you. He wants the absolute best for your life! 1 Peter 5:7 says, “cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” He cares for you and although the process may be painful and uncomfortable, He is not okay with letting you stay where you are when He knows there is something more beautiful waiting. He will perfect you because He is concerned for you.
1) What did you learn about Jesus from this chapter?
2) Is there evidence of fruit in your life?
3) What are some practical ways to stay connected and growing in a relationship with Jesus?