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Remain in the Vine


“Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.”

John 15:4

Have you ever sunk your teeth into a golden, sun-ripened peach just plucked from the tree? Once you do, it will make supermarket peaches taste like Styrofoam. A juicy, freshly harvested peach tastes the way a peach is supposed to taste, with no loss of essential peachiness.

Galatians 5 tells us that God’s Spirit living within us will produce beautiful, flavorful fruit—far, far better than even the sweetest California or Georgia peach. This is life-transforming fruit is genuine love, joy, peace, patience, and kindness. If you try to fake it and project these things on your own—faux love and plastic peace—it ends up tasting like Styrofoam, and the Spirit of Jesus will have nothing to do with it. Today’s Scripture reminds us, “No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain the vine.” Son-ripened fruit is by far the best!

Holy Spirit, produce the sweet, genuine fruit of Jesus in me. Don’t let me get away with phony peace, shallow love, and a thin veneer of kindness. I want people to taste the real thing in my life—a fresh tang that can never be mistaken for my poor efforts. And I want Jesus to receive the glory, not me—which I know is what You want too.

 


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