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Pursue the Good Fruit

Pursue the Good Fruit when faced with unfavorable offenses such as:
  • Attentiveness vs.  Unconcern
    Showing the worth of a person by giving undivided  attention to her words and emotions  (Hebrews 2:1)
  • Availability vs.  Self-centeredness
    Making my own schedule and priorities secondary to the  wishes of those I am serving   (Philippians 2:20–21)
  • Boldness vs.  Fearfulness
    Confidence that what I have to say or do is true and right  and just in the sight of God    (Acts 4:29)
  • Cautiousness vs.  Rashness
    Knowing how important right timing is in accomplishing  right actions   (Proverbs 19:2)
  • Compassion vs.  Indifference
    Investing whatever is necessary to heal the hurts of  others   (1 John 3:17)
  • Contentment vs.  Envy (Covetousness)
    Realizing that God has provided everything I need for my present happiness   (1 Timothy 6:8)
Pursue Godly virtues (Good Fruit) such as – 
  • Deference vs.  Rudeness
    Limiting my freedom in order not offend the tastes of  those whom God has called me to serve  (Romans 14:21)
  • Dependability vs.  Inconsistency
    Fulfilling what I consented to do even if it means  unexpected sacrifice   (Psalm 15:4)
  • Diligence vs.  Laziness (Slothfulness)
    Visualizing each task as a special assignment from the  Lord and using all my energies to accomplish it   (Colossians 3:23)
  • Discernment vs.  Judgment
    The God-given ability to understand why things happen   (1 Samuel 16:7)
  • Endurance vs.  Giving up
  • The inward strength to withstand stress to accomplish  God’s best   (Galatians 6:9)
  • Enthusiasm vs.  Apathy
    Expressing with my soul the joy of my spirit   (1 Thessalonians 5:16,19)
  • Generosity vs.  Stinginess
    Realizing that all I have belongs to God and using it for  His purposes   (2 Corinthians 9:6)
  • Gratefulness vs.  Unthankfulness
    Making known to God and others in what ways they have  benefited my life   (1 Corinthians 4:7)
  • Hospitality vs.  Loneliness
    Cheerfully sharing food, shelter, and spiritual  refreshment with those whom God brings into my life   (Hebrews 13:2)
  • Humility vs.  Pride
    Recognizing that it is actually God and others who are  responsible for the achievements in my life   (James 4:6)
Pursue Good Fruit – 
  • Orderliness vs.  Disorganization
    Preparing myself and my surroundings so I will achieve the  greatest efficiency   (1 Corinthians 14:40)
  • Punctuality vs.  Tardiness
    Showing high esteem for other people and their time   (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
  • Resourcefulness vs.  Wastefulness
    Wise use of that which others would normally overlook or  discard   (Luke 16:10)
  • Reverence vs.  Disrespect
    Awareness of how God is working through the people and  events in my life to produce the character of Christ in me           
    (Proverbs 23:17–18)
  • Thoroughness vs.  Incompleteness
    Knowing what factors will diminish the effectiveness of my  work or words if neglected    (Proverbs 18:15)
  • Thriftiness vs.  Extravagance
    Not letting myself or others spend that which is not  necessary    (Luke 16:11), and 
  • Tolerance vs.  Prejudice
    Acceptance of others as unique expressions of specific  character qualities in varying degrees of maturity   (Philippians 2:2)
2. That’s how Christian growth happens. The very circumstances that provided the red light are the
    very things that produce new growth.

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