EPISODE 134: BE FRUITFUL SERIES INTRO

Just a few notes from this week’s episode!

Works of the Flesh (The Message Translation):

“Repetitive, loveless, cheap sex;

A stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage;

Frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness;

Trinket gods;

Magic-show religion;

Paranoid loneliness;

Cutthroat competition;

All-consuming-yet-never-satisfied wants;

A brutal temper; an impotence to love or be loved;

Divided homes and divided lives;

Small-minded and lopsided pursuits;

The vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival;

Uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions;

Ugly parodies of community.

I could go on.” – Paul (Galatians 5:19-22)

The difference between works of the flesh and fruits of the spirit:

WORKS OF THE FLESH

FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT

Sexual immorality

Love

Impurity and debauchery

Joy

Idolatry and witchcraft

Peace

Hatred

Patience

Discord

Kindness

Jealousy

Goodness

Fits of rage

Faithfulness

Selfish ambition

Gentleness

Dissensions

Self-Control

Factions and envy

Drunkenness

Orgies

What Jesus has to say about being fruitful:

“You will recognize them by their fruits. You don’t find sweet, delicious grapes growing on thorny bushes, do you? You don’t find delectable figs growing in the midst of prickly thistles. People and their lives are like trees. Good trees bear beautiful, tasty fruit, but bad trees bear ugly, bitter fruit.  A good tree cannot bear ugly, bitter fruit; nor can a bad tree bear fruit that is beautiful and tasty… When a prophet comes to you and preaches this or that, look for his fruits: sweet or sour? rotten or ripe?” (Matthew 7:16-20)

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