I have unfortunately had food poisoning too many times in my life. It is a result of being cheap and growing up in a home where my dad never threw out anything so "like father, like son". Spoiled fruit is different than fruit. Fruit typically tasted good and doesn't make us sick and in fact, fruit typically contains nutrients that make us healthier. Similarly, fruits of the spirit can be "spoiled" by us. We may love ... in our own way. We may be patient ... until it is too long. We may be kind ... to those who are kind to us and only to the point that it serves us well. And similar to spoiled fruit, "spoiled" fruits of the Spirit can make us sick and sick to be around.
Lord, help me to make sure my fruits are fresh by having a tree that is strong with Your presence.