An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
Have you had your five a day today? I think most of us must know by now that the minimum recommendation for portions of fruit and vegetables in one day is five (in the UK anyway. I believe - but am not sure - that the recommended amount in the USA is seven). So... have you had your five today?
...the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control
Now, have you had your five of those fruit today? Or perhaps even more importantly, have your branches produced five of those fruit today for others to enjoy.
I believe we all have a mix of fruit on our branches. There may be plenty of good, healthy pieces of fruit up there, but probably lurking around are also a few bad ones - or, at least, fruit that initially looks good but has a bad bit somewhere that will need cutting out. The fruit of the Spirit - the good fruits - are the result of the inner workings of God in our lives - of the Holy Spirit's presence within us. How will we know what people are like? By the fruit that they produce.
Perhaps, like me, you'd like to change the balance of fruit in your branches? How can we increase the amount of good fruit and decrease the amount of bad fruit? Well, an organic gardener would probably say – you have to start with the soil.
We need our roots to be growing deeply in nutritious, life-giving soil. God's soil of relationship, prayer and meditating on our scriptures. And that does take a bit of effort sometimes! We need to be willing to grow our roots into the deep, fertile, divine soil of God's loving presence - we have to be open to God.
So, let's get fruity!! Let's learn to be more open to God.
... Meditation coming soon to finish this off ...