Tag: Fruit

Ripened Fruit

A.B. Simpsonby A.B Simpson

Grow up into him in all things —Ephesians 4:15

Harvest is a time of ripeness. Then the fruit and grain are fully developed, both in size and weight. Time has tempered the acid of the green fruit. It has been mellowed and softened by the rains and the heat of summer. The sun has tinted it into rich colors, and at last it is ready and ripe to fall into the hand.

So the Christian life ought to be. There are many things in life that need to be mellowed and ripened. Many Christians have orchards full of fruit, but the fruit is green and sharp to the taste. There is a great deal in these Christians that is good, but it is incomplete-very sharp and sour. Perhaps something goes wrong in their domestic lives. They become flustered and cross and lose their confidence in God, and then, of course, their Christian joy. These things produce regret and all kinds of misery.

Every day there are things for which we are sorry. We know we are not ripe and mellow and that we cannot become so by trying. We cannot bring the sweetness in. It must be wrought out from within.
by A.B. Simpson

True obedience to God!

Charles Spurgeonby Charles Spurgeon

“This is love: that we walk in obedience to His commands.” 2 John 1:6

Love to God is the spring of true obedience to God.

One who is not obedient to His commandments, is evidently not a true believer; for although good works do not save us–yet, being saved, believers are sure to produce good works.

Though the fruit is not the root of the tree–yet a well-rooted tree will, in its season, bring forth its fruits. So, though the keeping of the commandments does not make me a child of God–yet, being a child of God, I shall be obedient to my heavenly Father. But this I cannot be, unless I love God.

A mere external formal obedience–is not sincere obedience in God’s sight. He abhors the sacrifice, where the heart is not found. I must obey Him because I love Him–or else I have not truly obeyed at all. See then, that to produce the indispensable fruits of saving faith–there must be sincere love for God.

“If you love Me, you will obey what I command.” John 14:15

“Whoever has My commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves Me.” John 14:21

“If anyone loves Me, he will obey My teaching.” John 14:23

“He who does not love Me will not obey My teaching.” John 14:24

by Charles Spurgeon