Today, February 2, 2021, I was doing a morning Our Daily Bread devotional and today's scripture is John 15:2 - "I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener...Every branch that does bear fruit He prunes so that it will be even more fruitful".
As I was reflecting on this passage, I prayed and asked God to show me my fruit. I don't "feel" very fruitful because of unanswered prayer and promises yet to be delivered but I know the heart/feelings to be deceitful and I want to be sure I'm not missing His goodness because of what I can only see with my natural eyes.
The Holy Spirit delivered immediately and replied that this scripture refers to Spiritual Fruit! (DUH, Leslie!) Spiritual Fruit includes:
Love / Charity ~ the love of God and of neighbor without any thought of receiving something in return; not a feeling but concrete action.
Joy ~ not an emotion but a state of being undisturbed by the negative things in life.
Peace ~ a tranquility in our soul that comes from relying on God rather than anxiety about the future.
Patience ~ the ability to bear the imperfections of others through a knowledge of our own imperfections and our need for God's mercy and forgiveness (and patience with us, lol).
Benignity / Kindness ~ the willingness to give to others above and beyond what is expected.
Goodness ~ the avoidance of evil and the embracing of what's right, even at the expense of one's earthly fame & fortune.
Longanimity / Long-suffering ~ patience under provocation; while patience is directed at other's faults, to be long-suffering is to endure quietly the attacks of others.
Mildness / Gentleness ~ to be forgiving rather than angry, gracious rather than vengeful; to be meek like Christ by not insisting on our own way but yielding to others for the sake of the Kingdom of God!