The Root Determines Your Fruit

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A few months ago, I was sitting in my home office, feeling unfruitful, discouraged, and spiritually empty. I felt like I wasn’t contributing much to this world. 

I work hard to provide for my family, but I felt like my life has become mainly about work. 

Work is the only thing that consumed my mind 24/7. I became self-centered. I only truly cared about me, and it didn’t produce good fruit in my life.  

I didn’t feel like I was on the right track. God felt so far away from me. Life got blurry, and I couldn’t figure out how to fix it. 

Every time I tried to do something in my own strength, it fell through. 

I lost that peace, joy, and love that surpasses all understanding.

Everything in my life seemed to be great, but God felt so far away. Further than ever before. I couldn’t understand why.

It was a beautiful sunny day outside, so I decided to take a quick break to step out for some much needed fresh air. 

I learned early on in life that when I get discouraged, frustrated, or burned out. Something as simple as taking a quick break in nature can do wonders! 

This time I decided to bring along my notepad with me. Writing is a therapy for me. I think better on paper. 

In fact, I approach everyday life problems like a math problem. I write out a question or a problem on a piece of paper, meditate on it, and wait for God to give me an answer. 

As for the answer, I simply write down whatever comes to mind. I try not to overthink too much about what I am writing. I just let my inner thoughts come out on a piece of paper. Then I simply read it back, and most of the time, it is EXACTLY what I need at that moment. 

That’s how I communicate with God.

So I wrote a simple question in my notepad.

How do I get closer to you, God?

I had answers come to me almost immediately! Here is what I wrote: 

Where your time goes, it grows. 

Where your thoughts go, they grow.

Be rooted and grounded in LOVE. 

The deeper the root, the stronger the fruit. 

Don’t expect a big harvest with tiny roots. 

Don’t worry about the fruit; pay more attention to the root. 

Your root is your heart. Protect it, nurture it. 

The root is the fruit, but the soil is LOVE. 

Be rooted and grounded in LOVE.

I couldn’t believe the things I was writing!

It made so much sense to me. It brought me so much peace, joy, and love.

It is like a million pounds of weight lifted off my shoulders.’

I heard the truth, and it set me free.

You see… God is love, and when we are rooted and grounded in love, we are rooted and grounded in God. 

Love is the most essential thing in this world. It cures absolutely everything!

The deeper the roots, the better the fruit. 

I personally believe that everything we do in life should be done in love. (1 Corinthians 16:14)

When we are so consumed with God’s unconditional love, we can’t help but reproduce that same unconditional love to others.

When Christians are squeezed, love should come out EVERYTIME! Problems and trials reveal what is truly inside of our hearts.

Life is a classroom, and LOVE is the answer. 

I don’t know where I heard this quote, but it is so true.

Let’s be clear, love is not lust. 

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. (1 Corinthians 13:4-6)

Love is contagious, and it spreads like wildlife. Love can and will change the world. Faith works through love.

Love is the opposite of hate. 

When we abide in love, we abide in God, and when we abide in God, we are one with God. 

Love is the foundation that we should all build on. In 1 John 4:8 it says: “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”

So if you find yourself discouraged, empty, unfulfilled, and etc… I highly encourage you to go love somebody. Do something special for a total stranger with no strings attached. Help somebody in need. When you do that, you will feel pure unconditional love. You will feel God in your heart. Love is the most fulfilling feeling in the world. It is what we all want and need. 

In the end, these three remain: faith, hope, and love–but the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13)

When I doubt, love!

Here are some of my most favorite love scriptures from the Bible to meditate on:

  • And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13
  • Do everything in love. 1 Corinthians 16:14
  • Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Ephesians 4:2
  • Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8 
  • There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because He first loved us. 1 John 4: 18-19
  • Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs. Proverbs 10:12
  • Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 1 John 4:8
  • Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Romans 12:9
  • A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. Proverbs 17:17
  • For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

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