Have you ever attempted to eat an apple and after you carefully selected what looked the best, bit into what was rotten and decayed on the inside? Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you were confused by a person’s character? They spoke of being one way but the walk didn’t match the talk or the appearance didn’t match the core of what was on the inside?
As believers it is not our place to judge a person because only God knows the intent of the heart. However, we do have the responsibility and ability to inspect the fruit that is coming from one’s life.
In other words, you can tell by the actions demonstrated and words spoken from one’s life if they are bearing good fruit or not. We then have the responsibility to guard our hearts and distance ourselves from what is toxic to our spiritual health and personal growth. We don’t stop loving but we maintain boundaries that say, “I love you and will pray for your but I value the person God made me to be.”
Matthew 7:16-18 New Living Translation
“You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit.”
We are taught that what comes out of one’s mouth reflects what is in the heart. What one speaks of is evidence of the type of fruit they produce. If lies, deceit and slander are what are spoken, that is fruit from a root in that person’s heart. An apple is only the fruit from a seed that was once hidden and buried. In time, that seed grew and became a visible, tangible thing.
A bad tree cannot produce good fruit. Before making a character assumption of someone’s life watch him or her. What is the fruit they produce in their life? Do they have a track record of maintaining healthy relationships? Are they respected for their character? Are they known for being agents of unity or do they disrupt peace and cause chaos and confusion?
We are to be women of wisdom and virtue and we are to bear good fruit! Our fruit is the proof that we are connected to God and we allow Him to work through us. Something that has great worth and value does not have to announce itself as such it just is.
Ladies, rest in who your God is and just “be.” Spend time in His Word, learn of His ways and let the seeds of His love produce good fruit in your life!
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