Fruits of the Spirit

“From Me is thy fruit found.” Hosea 14:8 

Our fruit is found from our God as to union. The fruit of the branch is
directly traceable to the root. Sever the connection, the branch dies, and
no fruit is produced. By virtue of our union with Christ we bring forth
fruit. Every bunch of grapes have been first in the root, it has passed
through the stem, and flowed through the sap vessels, and fashioned itself
externally into fruit, but it was first in the stem; so also every good work
was first in Christ, and then is brought forth in us. O Christian, prize
this precious union to Christ; for it must be the source of all the
fruitfulness which thou canst hope to know. If thou wert not joined to Jesus
Christ, thou wouldst be a barren bough indeed.

Our fruit comes from God as to spiritual providence. When the dew-drops fall
from heaven, when the cloud looks down from on high, and is about to distil
its liquid treasure, when the bright sun swells the berries of the cluster,
each heavenly boon may whisper to the tree and say, “From me is thy fruit
found.” The fruit owes much to the root–that is essential to fruitfulness-
-but it owes very much also to external influences. How much we owe to God’s
grace-providence! in which He provides us constantly with quickening,
teaching, consolation, strength, or whatever else we want. To this we owe
our all of usefulness or virtue.

Our fruit comes from God as to wise husbandry. The gardener’s sharp-edged
knife promotes the fruitfulness of the tree, by thinning the clusters, and
by cutting off superfluous shoots. So is it, Christian, with that pruning
which the Lord gives to thee. “My Father is the husbandman. Every branch in
Me that beareth not fruit He taketh away; and every branch that beareth
fruit He purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.” Since our God is
the author of our spiritual graces, let us give to Him all the glory of our

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