Wednesday, February 10, 2010

In His Word Wednesday




33 “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is known by its fruit. 34 Offspring of vipers! How are you able to say anything good, since you are evil? For the mouth speaks from what fills the heart. 35 The good person brings good things out of his good treasury, and the evil person brings evil things out of his evil treasury. 36 I tell you that on the day of judgment, people will give an account for every worthless word they speak. 37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”  Matthew 12:33-37

By our fruits we will be known. This has always been a hard concept for me...I see all the sinfulness in my life and see that as bad fruit. I know it isn't possible to be sinless...so is it possible to not produce bad fruit? Or is fruit something different?

The Pharisees had just spoken false teachings about Jesus, saying he was driving out demons by the power of Satan. So, maybe the evil fruit is false teachings...and good fruit is teaching the truth of Jesus and the gospel. The words we speak should point people to the truth of the gospel...not lead them astray.   We need to be rooted and grounded in truth...then the truth will spill forth from our lives.

I want to end with Galations 5:22...the fruits of the Spirit.

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law"


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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for linking!!

    The fruits are something to strive for and think about daily. I fail so often... but He's working on me!!!

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