Titus 3:14 “And our people must also learn to devote themselves to good works in order to meet the pressing needs of others, so that they will not be unfruitful.”
So this is the fruit Jesus is looking for in John 15:5 “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.” It is “devoting oneself to good works in order to meet the pressing needs of others”!
We want to share our faith with others and win souls for Christ as a means of “bearing fruit” and this is good, but too often we forget step one of the process as given us by the apostle James in 2:14 “What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?”
The reality of the gospel is not just the speaking but also the doing. It is putting faith into action. It is doing the works of Jesus for the love of Jesus and our fellow man: Matthew 25:34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’ 37 “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? 39 When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?” 40 “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters,f you were doing it to me!”
Everywhere Jesus went He reached out to those around Him to “meet the pressing needs of others”: Acts 10:38 “And you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.”
Note: when Jesus was “anointed with the Holy Spirit and power” the result was first going “around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil..”
To this the words of the apostle John attest that when sharing the love of God, 1 John 3:18 “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”