Philippians 1:11
Filled with the Fruits of Righteousness

11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.

The fruit of righteousness is expected of all Christians, and rightly so. This comes through our Lord Jesus Christ who is our life. Our union with Christ, and the work of the Holy Spirit in us is what brings glory and praise to God. Such fruit does not come from efforts on our part to be a certain kind of person or to accomplish notable spiritual things. The righteousness of Christ that has been imputed to us makes possible that which is beyond our human limitations.

Filled with the fruit of righteousness indicates that abounding love brings precise knowledge, moral discernment, approval of things that are excellent, resulting in flawless purity. That is not in ourselves but is how God sees us because of our standing in Christ. That in turn, brings in a “bumper crop” of righteousness (filled) which is the goal of all Christian activity. That results in recognition and homage of the holiness of our God who has redeemed us.

When the thought first arises in the mind
Is the time to take control.
For the mind is the source of decision making
That travels then to the soul.

There are the emotions and characteristics
That molds up my personality
And takes on a mental and spiritual form
That outwardly others will see.

The facial expressions and my hands
Reveal what I am like inside.
Through these two visible extremities
Righteousness has no place to hide.

They join with words that come from my tongue
To express what is important to me.
As all these body parts work in unison
Fruits of righteousness now come to be.

My face will reveal what I am feeling
As my hands bend to accomplish a task.
My tongue will form words to give guidance
Creating impressions that last.

So when all of me turns to do a work
That God has placed me to do,
The fruits of righteousness will clearly reveal
God is accomplishing before it happened, what He knew.

“Heavenly Father, may there be evidence today as I mingle with people that You are working through me. May there be real fruit that results in bringing much glory to Thee today and in days to come. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.”

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