…filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God (Philippians 1:11).
Notice that the “Fruit of Righteousness,” the right behavior expected of you as a Christian, comes from the same source as righteousness itself.
You can’t manufacture fruit any more than you can manufacture righteousness, so stop trying.
Seriously—knock it off.
If you want the fruit of righteousness, you’re going to have to let God develop it in you. It goes back to what we were talking about yesterday. As you grow in knowledge of God’s word, God can use that knowledge to develop wisdom and discernment in you. You will know the right thing to do, and you will be empowered to do it.
Remember, God’s got a vested interest in you. He wants to give you wisdom and discernment so that you can glorify him. In a man that might sound self-seeking; in God, it just sounds right.
So let God do what he does. He’s really, really good at it.
Happy Thursday, Beloved.