Self-Control: The Forgotten Fruit

Yesterday, Marry Well published an excerpt of Paul Tripp’s recent discussion on maturity. The quoted passage concludes: "Biblical maturity is never just about what you know but always about how grace has employed what you have come to know to transform the way you live."

Tripp seems to be getting at the scriptural idea of good fruit.

So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits. (Matthew 7:18-20 ESV)

As we seek to grow in maturity, and as we assess the maturity of potential mates — what fruits should we be looking for? ... N.T. Wright explores the concept of spiritual fruit at length in his After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters.

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