Jesus said He is the vine; we are the branches. The purpose of a branch is to bear fruit. When we enjoy more fruit of The Spirit, it promotes better health and well-being. This is part of what it means to align our lives more fully with God natural design for spirit, mind, and body.
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All of the fruit of The Spirit are health-promoting. As health enthusiasts and followers of Jesus Christ, we should be overflowing with spiritual fruit. Sadly, many of us are not where we'd like to be. Pastor, Author and Podcast Host Robert Bass talks with David about how we can change that.
In this faith-based interview with Robert Bass, the discussion centers around living in alignment with God's design to produce inner peace, patience, kindness and other fruits of the Spirit.
Robert explains that he wrote the book "Hidden Fruit" because he saw a disconnect between how many Christians were living and the biblical model of experiencing love, joy and other godly traits. During the uncertainty of the pandemic, this gap became even more apparent.
True peace is defined not as the absence of external problems but rather a "complete wholeness" that comes from God's presence even amidst hardship. Robert gives the example of learning to walk again after a motorcycle crash, when random acts of kindness from church members gave him his first real glimpse of Christ-like love in action.
The fruit of the Spirit often grows slowly, just as fruit in nature requires nurturing and the right environment. Rather than striving, believers must first receive love from God in order to then pour it out on others. Similarly, to walk in peace we need to look to God for solutions rather than be consumed by worry over problems.
Cultivating patience helps us align with God's timing rather than demanding our own way. It's a quiet strength, just as God waits patiently in His wisdom. Kindness goes beyond surface niceties to actually relieve people's burdens. Goodness stems from Christ-like character rather than checking good deeds off a list.
Gentleness stands opposed to reactive anger. Robert advises asking trusted friends and family where you struggle to respond gently so you can grow. As for self-control, it flows out of surrender to God rather than trying to control oneself by sheer willpower.
In short, when believers abide in intimate relationship with God, biblical qualities like kindness, peace and generosity cannot help but spill over. But we can't stop at head knowledge. The key is receiving truth in our hearts first. Then as we surrender and align our lives fully with God's design, the supernatural fruit of the Spirit starts to grow visibly.