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Philippians 10-11 For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ—for this will bring much glory and praise to God.

What are we truly filled with? Is it fruits of righteousness or something else? When we experience crisis, both large and small, our true character is revealed. Think of our character as a basket of fruit. On top we want it to look all nice and pretty, the outward side we show to others in our day to day lives. But what happens when a situation causes our basket to spill? Is the fruit underneath rotten and smelly? Is there a whole different kind of fruit underneath that for some reason we don’t want others to see?

We get caught up in the urgency and stress of everyday life, become self-absorbed and ignore the needs of others. We face a financial crisis and don’t trust God to meet our needs. These are character defects that run in opposition to the character God wants to instill in us.

Being filled with the fruit of salvation means that we must keep Jesus in the forefront of our consciousness, by constant prayer, and daily meditation and studying Scripture. Only then can we be willing for God to change our character.

Written by James Miller

Jesus, it’s only through you that I can be filled with the fruit of Salvation. Grant me the willingness to seek you and your righteous character in every situation. It is only through your power and spirit that my sinful nature can be overcome.

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