(Octavius Winslow, "Evening Thoughts")
"As the branch cannot bear fruit
except it abide in the vine, no more can
you, except you abide in me." John 15:4
Oh, what precious fruit does such
living branch bear!
The broken heart;
the contrite spirit;
the mourning over sin;
the low, abasing, humbling views of self;
the venturing by faith on a full, mighty, willing Savior;
the going out of self, and resting in His all
atoning work, and all satisfying righteousness.
This is followed by a progressive advance in all
holiness and godliness, the fruits of faith which
are by Jesus Christ abounding in the life, and
proving the reality of the wondrous change . . .
the close walk with God;
the submission of the will in all things to His;
the conformity of the life to the example of Jesus;
the "power of His resurrection" felt;
the "fellowship of His sufferings," known;
and "conformity to His death," marking the entire man.
These are some of the fruits of a truly regenerate soul.