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02/25/2010

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Fruit - A Dietary Need


"For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Indeed, you are our glory and joy" (1 Thess. 1: 19 & 20).

We have heard a lot about the benefits of fruit in our daily diets. I am sure that many of you know much more about this than I do. I do know that my favorite fruit, blueberries, are rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants are substances which supposedly reduce the oxidation rate within the body and may act as a preventative for heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Fruits are just plain good for us! The fruits which we bear as Christians are also good "dietary needs." Our lives, simply put, are richer and more fulfilling as a result of fruit-bearing.

As we see in today's verse, Paul and his fellow workers found joy in the part they played in their fruit bearing. (the Thessalonian Christians) Jesus told us to be "fishers of men," and Paul talked about the joy and fulfillment that we get when we help to bring someone to Jesus. Tears of joy always accompany a baptism...In prayer and praise we find another perk of fruit-bearing....Peace! When we "by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present our requests to God....the peace of God that transcends all understanding will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 4:6 & 7). Prayer and praise will fill us with God's peace.

When as Christians we strive to grow more Christ-like in our persona, we develop an assurance that only a changed person can get. As we engender the fruits of the spirit (Gal. 5:22 & 23) in our lives, and look back at what we once were, we understand that we have changed for the better...These Christ-like characteristics make us people of integrity, compassion and service. Finally, there is the blessedness found in giving and sharing. "In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of work we must help the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus himself as He said: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive' " (Acts 20:35). The word "blessed" is often translated as "happy," and we really miss the boat to happiness if we do not share and give. Just as fruits are good for our physical bodies, so is fruit-bearing an essential dietary supplement to a healthy spiritual life...

Have a wonderful day....Let your light shine for Him... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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