Believers’ spiritual development and life are compared to a fruit-bearing tree. The lives, attitudes, and behavior of a believer should demonstrate the presence of the Holy Spirit, just as the fruit is evidence of the health and vitality of the tree.
Believers should exhibit evidence of their conversion
Jas 3:13 Also see: Mt 3:8 pp Lk 3:8-9; Mt 7:15-20; 12:33; Jn 15:16; Ro 7:4-5; Tit 3:14; Jas 2:14-26
The nature of spiritual fruit
Gal 5:22-23 Also see: Ro 8:5-6; Php 1:9-11; Jas 3:17
The sources of spiritual fruit
Acceptance of the gospel Lk 8:15 Mt 13:23 pp Mk 4:20
The old way of life put to death Jn 12:24 Also see: Ro 6:6,11-14; 8:13-14; Gal 5:24; Eph 4:22-24; Col 3:5-10
Actively living a new life in Jesus Christ Gal 6:7-9 Also see: Ro 6:11-14; Gal 5:25; Eph 5:8-9; Col 1:10; 3:12-15; 2Ti 2:22; 2Pe 1:5-8; Tit 3:14; 1Jn 3:18
Remaining close to Jesus Christ Jn 15:4-5
Submission to God’s discipline Heb 12:10-11 Also see: Jn 15:1-2
Lord Jesus, I believe you are the son of God, and you died for my sins and rose again from the dead, I trust you for cleansing and forgiveness, and you have received me as a Child of God. If there is any resentment or unforgiveness for anyone, I lay it at your feet and ask you to forgive me. I ask your forgiveness for being involved in other religions, witchcraft, or the occult seeking other gods. I acknowledge this as sin and loose myself right now in Jesus name. And now, Lord Jesus, I come to and yield my body, mind, and spirit to you. I give you my all. Come into my heart and be my personal Saviour. I surrender my tongue to you to be an instrument of righteousness to worship you in a new language. By faith, I receive it now, Lord in Jesus name. Amen.