Hey guys! I’ve been out for about a week #lifewithherniateddiscs but I sure hope that you have been catching up with the discussion. Today we continue to look at the analogy of wine. We saw that wine is a product of fruit, which translates to the result of our obedience to God as as well as the fruit of the spirit.
In today’s discussion we begin to examine the traits or components of wine. For wine lovers who prefer a particular taste or wine trait, there are five fundamental traits by which wines can be classified.
From the professional wine taster to someone who just loves wine, the level of the wine’s sweetness is its first impression.
In the same way, the first impression of someone is their mannerisms or how pleasant they are in their demeanor and interactions. There is something about a Christian that makes one’s interaction with them different from the ordinary. Have you ever been walking down the street and someone approaches you randomly and asks, “Are you a christian?” They may also say something like, “There’s just something about you.” I certainly have had that experience.
The fruit of the spirit is the most common trait that is easily seen. Love, joy, peace, temperance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. Our level of sweetness also comes when our obedience to God is made manifest. This increases the awareness of the presence of God in a particular place. And where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. Liberty IS SWEET!
The detection of the level of sweetness is dependent on the presence of fruit or lack thereof as well as the manifestation of the presence of God through our obedience to Him.
As believers we must keep in mind that our presence and interactions with others must make a difference for the better. First impressions do last for a long time. Our fruit should shine forth and soothe others. Here are a few Scripture verses to meditate upon as you strive to let just the right amount of sweetness flow out of you.
Matthew 5:16 John13:35
Galatians 5:22-23 Psalm 119:60
With this being said, here is another place for introspection. Is your presence or your interactions with others sweet? Do you have a pleasant demeanor? Are you welcoming? Does the fruit of the spirit flow out of you?
Let Us Pray
Father, I am blessed to be chosen to be the vessel that gives a person his first impression of you. I pray that out of me will flow the sweetness of Your joy and presence that releases is contagious and draws men to You. Your word also says that we are salt and light (Matthew 5:13-16). Lord, I understand that I was created to make humanity aware of Your presence and power. I pray Father that my life and fruit will produce wine with just the right level of sweetness, that will show forth Your glory. I pray in Jesus’ name, AMEN!
By Joanna Lloyd