His transforming work

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FRIDAY 3/24 — The discernment that Paul prayed for the Philippian believers would result in a growing character. The word “filled” here refers to past action that bears on present choices. “Fruit” is the harvest of righteousness’s evidence. And of course, righteousness comes through Jesus Christ and brings a harvest of morality and Christian character that glorifies and reveals God. We can’t be “good” in and of ourselves; goodness/righteousness is a product of our relationship with Christ and His transforming work in us and through the Holy Spirit. God’s work in us—and our cooperation with Him!—should continue throughout our lifetimes so in the end, we will stand unashamed at Christ’s coming.