Bible Society of South Africa
Carina Francke

Your 24/7 Companion – Day 11

In Him, Out of You … Fruit

Bible text(s)

12Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but be an example for the believers in your speech, your conduct, your love, faith, and purity.

1 Timothy 4:12GNBOpen in Bible reader

16Watch yourself and watch your teaching. Keep on doing these things, because if you do, you will save both yourself and those who hear you.

1 Timothy 4:16GNBOpen in Bible reader

14May my words and my thoughts be acceptable to you,

O LORD, my refuge and my redeemer!

Psalms 19:14GNBOpen in Bible reader

29Do not use harmful words, but only helpful words, the kind that build up and provide what is needed, so that what you say will do good to those who hear you.

Ephesians 4:29GNBOpen in Bible reader

The Spirit and Human Nature

16What I say is this: let the Spirit direct your lives, and you will not satisfy the desires of the human nature. 17For what our human nature wants is opposed to what the Spirit wants, and what the Spirit wants is opposed to what our human nature wants. These two are enemies, and this means that you cannot do what you want to do. 18If the Spirit leads you, then you are not subject to the Law.

19What human nature does is quite plain. It shows itself in immoral, filthy, and indecent actions; 20in worship of idols and witchcraft. People become enemies and they fight; they become jealous, angry, and ambitious. They separate into parties and groups; 21they are envious, get drunk, have orgies, and do other things like these. I warn you now as I have before: those who do these things will not possess the Kingdom of God.

22But the Spirit produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

Galatians 5:16-22GNBOpen in Bible reader

To bear fruit, implies that you as a believer will glorify him in whom you believe and who lives in you, with your lifestyle. To say it differently, his presence in you ought to be the driving force to be an example to others in your life.

1 Timothy 4:12 mentions a few things that your life should radiate: “… be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

Firstly, the believer’s words should be acceptable to him (Psalm 19:14) and when we talk to people, our conversations should be of good taste. Furthermore, it should be helpful, build them up according to their needs and impart grace to them. Unwholesome talk does not fit this picture (Ephesians 4:29).

The Holy Spirit in us cultivates fruit that is expressed in our conduct or our way of living. Galatians 5:16-22 gives a very clear picture on what conduct should characterise a believer’s life, so that God will be honoured. If you and I recognise some of these listed things in our lives, we must realise that we’re not living from the Spirit in us (our 24/7 Companion), but that our conduct is being determined by the lust of our flesh. Only when the Holy Spirit determines our conduct, purity can become a reality – that quality described as pure from defilement, not contaminated.

The love and faith we should radiate as an example to people can be described as that all-encompassing love for and faith in him that oozes from us, and becomes visible to people around us.

The author also gives a warning to Timothy (and us), “take heed to yourself and to the doctrine.” Every now and again, we should put our lives and doctrine under a magnifying glass to see if we are still sound and on track. Why? “… for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.” (1 Timothy 4:16)

It is possible to live a life that honours God, but only in total dependence on the One who lives inside of us.

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