PSALM 1:3 (KJV) And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
JEREMIAH 17:8 (KJV) For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
There once was an orchard that grew an abundance of trees. The bounty of fruit was like paradise to all the little hungry winged birds that perched among them. What a delight they had each morning when the sun arose and seemed to say, good morning my flocks of friends eat to your hearts content.
Every season the colors of fruit glistened with dew, reflecting the brilliance and splendor of each prized harvest. Spectacular! declared the Owner of the land and trees. With much love and care they grew an array of ripe bearing precious edibles.
But in a distance, there stood one tree…barren to say the least. Many seasons had come and gone and not one piece of goodness was found in the brittle branches broken by the wind. How many times had the Owner pleaded with this soon to be petrified and hollow timber?
Ornery to the core, the withered tree shouted, “Leave me alone, I don’t need fruit or anyone else to tell me what to do or not do. I’m my own boss and happy the way I am. Oops, there goes another branch with the wind. Well, it doesn’t really matter because I am king of the orchard field.”
What a sad state of affairs for this cantankerous pulp that cannot even receive the free gift of life bundled in such love and grace. Rather, this parched and desolate tree would choose to remain in fruitless decay living out the corruptible in continuous flames that never seize.
In relentless refusal to display the richness of an abundant and fruitful life, it will remain desolate empty and waste. In contrast how contrary to those in the orchard who cultivate treasures of grace which flow in rivers of living water, nourishing their roots.
The day had come when the harvest was plentiful and was ready for gathering. Seasons came and went and yet these trees endured the cold winter rains and frost covered barns. They had confirmed in their minds that no matter the season, they would put their trust in their Owner’s hands, knowing He loved and cared for them.
It was a celebration, a feasting for all eyes to see… how precious these trees were as they bore fruit for the Kingdom of God. These became crowns to wear upon their branches bringing glory to their Master, revealing His tender love and care during the seasons of their life.
A joyous wonder, a miracle of unfailing mercy, a testimony of faithful love that endures for eternity, this is the fruit of our salvation. To behold our Savior who takes our lives and makes them beautiful to reflect all that He is.
GALATIANS 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Romans 6:22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
JAMES 5:7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.
Ephesians 5:8-10 (KJV)
8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
Philippians 1:10-11 (KJV)
10 That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ.
11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
Colossians 1:9-11 (KJV)
9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;
HEBREWS 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.
JAMES 3:17-18 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
PROVERBS 8:19 My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver.
PROVERBS 11:30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.
I PETER 5:4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.
2 TIMOTHY 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
Psalm 103:3-5 (KJV)
3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.
PROVERBS 1:31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.
PROVERBS 13:2 A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence.
PROVERBS 18:20 A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.
HEBREWS 12:11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
MATTHEW 3:7-9 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:
9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
MATTHEW 3:10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
MATTHEW 15-17 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
JUDE 11:11-13 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.
12 These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;
13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.
REVELATION 18:14 And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all.
Psalm 21:9-11 (KJV)
9 Thou shalt make them as a fiery oven in the time of thine anger: the Lord shall swallow them up in his wrath, and the fire shall devour them.
10 Their fruit shalt thou destroy from the earth, and their seed from among the children of men.
11 For they intended evil against thee: they imagined a mischievous device, which they are not able to perform.