2 Peter 1:8 (NET) For if these things are really yours and are continually increasing, they will keep you from becoming ineffective and unproductive in your pursuit of knowing our Lord Jesus Christ more intimately.
When Ben learned that his character really mattered and his failure to learn of Christ and model his character like that of Christ was costing him more than the criticism of men, he started making amendments, and almost immediately, he started seeing changes and fruitfulness in his pursuit of knowing the Lord more intimately. He observed that as his life started bearing the fruit of the spirit, his pursuit of knowing the Lord was also fruitful, and the grace(power) upon him was being multiplied(2 Peter 1:2).
Of the various fruits a person bears as proof of the life of God he has received, the fruit of the spirit is chief among them. But there are other fruits that we bear. Fruits like the one talked about in today’s Bible verse which is multiplied grace; the fruit of communion with the Lord God. There is also the fruit of our lips which is sincere praise and worship (capable of executing judgment (Hebrews 13:15, Psalm 149:6-9)), and there is the fruit of prayer(John 15:7-8).
In order to begin to be fruitful in all areas, bearing the fruit of the spirit is key to this because from the spirit/heart flows the spring of life(Proverbs 4:23).
The fruit of the spirit produces Christian character, but the fruit produced as a result of knowing the Lord more intimately is multiplied grace and peace(see 2 Peter 1:2, 3:18). If you can become fruitful in that area of character, it would open the door to other forms of fruitfulness you also desire.
Go into today remembering that in order to be fruitful in every aspect of life, focus on the fruit of the spirit. If your spirit is healthy, your whole being will be full of life.
Prayer: Lord, help me learn of you and allow your word to dwell in me richly so I may be fruitful in every good work.
—Abraham Dami Arigi
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