A man’s [moral] self shall be filled with the fruit of his mouth; and with the consequence of his words he must be satisfied [whether good or evil].
(Proverbs 18:20 AMP)
We test the ripeness of fruit by squeezing it with gentle pressure. If it is soft we know that it is sweet and ready to enjoy but if it is still hard then it will be sour to the taste. The Bible says that the “Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22, 23 NLT) The Lord tests the ripeness of our spiritual fruit by permitting gentle pressures or difficulties in our lives that squeeze us to react verbally. If the fruit of our words are soft and sweet then our spiritual fruit is ripe and ready which pleases the Lord. If the fruit of our mouth is hard and sour then more time is required for spiritual fruit to mature in our lives.