Last night I was meditating on “go and bear fruit that will remain” from John 15:16. Today I am speaking at the rest home. I asked the Lord how to encourage these dear people how to still bear fruit, especially the ones who cannot speak or move on their own.
He took me to James 1:12 which says, “Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.” Enduring temptations and trials because of our love for Him.
I remember one lady in the rest home. She had been beaten senseless by a robber who came into her house in the night. She could not communicate by words, just sounds. She would “quote” John 3:16 when we did it as a group and weep. She wept as we sang “Jesus Loves Me.” She was not bitter. She loved the Lord with all her heart. Near the end of her life, I would go to room and quote Scripture for her. She would be thrashing, but would still at the sound of His word. She was faithful to the end. Her love for the Lord carried her through her deep trials.
Psalm 92:14-15 says, “They shall still bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing, to declare that the Lord is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.”