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The Fruit of The Spirit and The Little Foxes That Spoil The Vine

The Fruit of the spirit ....

Galatians 5:22-23 tells us,

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”  
The fruit of the Holy Spirit is the result of the Holy Spirit's presence in the life of a Christian.

So what are the little foxes that spoil the vine?  The little foxes are the wrong thoughts, the wrong things we say, and the wrong actions we take that hinder the fruit of the spirit and growth of the branches.  Jesus is the vine, we are the branches. 

To put it simply;  anything that is contrary to the Word of God can be a little fox.  Have you ever heard someone say;  "I can't wait until they get what is coming to them;"  "One day you will see them hurt like I have been hurt;"  "They think they are above reproof;" or "I can't stand to be around them? More than likely; at some point in time in our life, we have either thought or uttered one of these statements.

Caution:    Too often when we are subjected to something we feel unfair to us; we respond with a hurt heart, but...this is what Jesus said:

"Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord."
  Romans 12:19

In other words; we must let it go, and let God heal us....and He will.If we were to name more little go with revenge: hatefulness, being critical, being judgmental, or jealousness to include all things that make us act unbecoming to a child of God.  Again, most of us have had to pray over at least one of these to get our spirit back to what God wants it to be.

I have heard the title of this article many times during my life time of being in the Church and hearing sermons.  Sometimes we forget the little foxes.   Let me say:  the human in us.  We know what the scripture says is the fruit of the spirit, but we forget the smallest little ugly fox that creep up sometimes and destroy our faithfulness.  Is it because we are weak Christians, are we babes in Christ lacking the true Fruit of the Spirit?  It means for us to pay over our weakness, and make them into our triumphs.

It would be awful to get to the judgment seat of God and expect that we are going to have the Lord give us a pat on the back, and a welcome home and find out He has some question regarding our fruit of the spirit, and what caused us to be lacking.
We must remember our call from God as the scripture declares in John 15:5:

"I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

John 15:2 - 
"Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit."

"All of our fruit of the spirit; make one glorious living tree."  First blooms, and then the fruit!

Linda Todd


  1. Linda, Thank you so much for sharing with us at Sitting Among Friends on Wednesdays. Blogging can be very difficult. The time it takes can be quite consuming. Don't be discouraged. God will use what He chooses to use. It sometimes seems insignificant to us but to God it can be the difference of eternity for someone. Keep writing and keep pressing on for the Lord. I have never actually heard the story of the foxes. I really enjoyed hearing how it compared to the sins that creep in and destroy the fruit. Many blessings and I will look forward to seeing posts in the future.

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    2. Thank you so much Jaime. That was encouraging. Writing online in general takes a lot of determination. It is so true that God will use what He chooses. I am just sorry that I have not been here on this blog as I should have. God is always good, He is always just, and He see us as we are. We often fail Him, but He never fails us.

      My father was a minister, so you know what that entails for a daughter.

      The foxes scripture is of essence because the natural person often looks at what they call the big sins. But, the little sins (if there is such) is what spoils the vine.

      Thank you for your words and coming here to comment, again you have a wonderful blog and it is inspiring.


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