Thursday, January 18, 2007

Fruit of the Gospel (Colossians 1:6)

Belief in the good news of Jesus Christ changes individuals and affects people around them. It produces in us new spiritual life that was not there before (Rom. 6:4). All living things are fruitful as they themselves grow and as they produce new life. The same is true for spiritual life. Individual growth results in the "fruit of the Spirit" which "is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control" (Gal. 5:22-23, NIV). New spiritual life is produced as spiritually living people reproduce themselves in the lives of others by sharing the good new of Jesus Christ.

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