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Wednesday's Word: Plastic Fruit

Wednesday's Word

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Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Plastic Fruit



Ever fall for that trick where you’ve reached out to grab
A nice, juicy red apple that you wanted to have?
Suddenly, the situation turns from tempting to tragic.
You realize that you're reaching for fruit made of plastic.

A little disappointed, but you’re kind of intrigued
At the intricate detail of which you were deceived.
You scratch your head and think “But it looks so real.”
It’s hard to prove true fruit by merely looking at the peel.

The enemy defrauds us through deceptively clever means.
We’re subject to be “taken in” by fake glimmer and sheen.
It’s difficult to detect but we must look around a bit
And routinely test to ensure our fruit doesn’t prove counterfeit.

The first fruit is Love and you surely don’t want to miss
How easily it’s distorted ever so slightly with a twist.
Righteous love is selfless; it doesn’t seek its own
The counterfeit is really idolatry and “self” is on the throne.

The next fruit is Joy, whose con is hard to spot.
Many seek after happiness but seen closely, joy, its not.
Happiness is brief, and often subject to change.
Joy is found in Christ alone, and He’s always the same.

Look closely at the fruit of Peace, to peace we’re surely called.
Some exhibit passivity but we're called to be involved.
Next we see Patience, easily shrouded in mystique.
Its imposters are dismissive and aloof, these tend to keep us weak.

We seek to acquire Gentleness, which also renders as kind.
We’re friendly but often too detached...just things to keep in mind.
And the quest for Goodness is shaded by reassignment of the word.
We see it more as an adjective. In Scripture, it’s more a verb.

Now Faith we know is substance, though we can be confused.
By so many other uses of “faith”, so test the faith you use.
Also be careful to prove your Meekness to the best of your ability.
Ensuring it’s supported by faith, not self-serving humility.

Temperance is not temperament; in God we seek to achieve
Self-control in all we do by His Spirit that we receive.
We strive to confirm that His Word in us indeed has taken root,
To glorify Him by displaying authentic, not empty plastic fruit.

Here's The Word:

2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?6 But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates.

2 Peter 1:10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:



In Him,
Cros

3 Comments:

Blogger Lamb chop Kim said...

Very nice!

7:14 PM  
Blogger MJ said...

A lot of thought must have went into that one brother, and surely some God given skill. Instructional and encouraging.

7:11 AM  
Blogger bcreed said...

I have been thinking about this image of the artificial fruit since you put it up this week. Yes, artificial fruit can look authentic. And a real piece of fruit, say an apple, can look all bruised and scarred and misshapen. It's what's on the inside that really matters, but even a real apple can be bruised or inferior in some way on the inside too. I looked up the passage on the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5. Verses 19-21 list the actions of the sinful nature which are ugly indeed: "sexual immorality, impurity, debauchery, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, discord, jealousy, rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and the like."
OK so could these or some of these be inside an authentic looking exterior? I think yes. I think a person can learn the look and the talk, and can be totally rotten on the inside, a natural man. However, I think it's also possible that a person is a real believer with the Holy Spirit living within him, but who does not submit to Him and instead of showing the "love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control" listed in verses 22-23 as the fruit of the Spirit, he allows some of those rotten ideas or actions to creep in.

Well, I'm not exactly sure where I am going with this, but we know one thing for sure, and that is that we may be able to fool one another with an artificial exterior, but we can never fool God.

5:06 PM  

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