DAY SIX—JOHN 15:1–11

1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunesso that it will be even more fruitful. 3You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8This is to my Fatherʼs glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Fatherʼs commands and remain in his love. 11I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.

“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control….” (Galatians 5:22–23) Jesus was the only person who perfectly bore the fruit of the Spirit. As we grow in our connection to Jesus as a branch remains attached to the vine, the fruit of the Spirit in our lives will be on the rise. Our role is not to strain ourselves in producing the fruit. Rather, it is being vigilant in clinging to Christ, allowing his life-giving sap to generate much fruit. This takes the pressure off!
Enjoy your relationship with Jesus today.

© 2017 Schweitzer United Methodist Church
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