One of my favorite entrees at our dinner table is a bowl of freshly cut fruit. Apples, bananas, pineapple, strawberries all mixed together is tough to beat. Conversely, one of the most detestable foods is rotting fruit. It smells bad. It looks bad. It tastes bad.
There is a spiritual parallel. Rotten fruit is identified as “the deeds of the flesh … which are: Immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, …” Fresh fruit, on the other hand is produced by the Spirit. “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23).
Unlike normal fruit, the only fruit that doesn’t grow rotten is spiritual fruit.