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“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. So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.” Matthew 7 :16-20
What happens when you encounter a difficult situation? Do you leave it better or worse than it was before? How do people feel after you interact with them? Uplifted, torn down or dismissed?
Our actions really do matter in this life, and they are a direct reflection of the condition of our hearts. Looking at the fruit our lives produce is a very honest way to evaluate the status of our spirit.
It pays eternally to review the impact we are leaving behind us because one day we will all stand before the Lord where everything will be brought to light. So when you look in the rearview mirror do you see dry desolation, or a flourishing well-watered path? Which would support the growth of good fruit?
The bottom line is a healthy spirit is what will produce good fruit in our lives, and the words of Jesus in John 15:4-5 tells us exactly how to achieve this:
“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing”
To abide means to accept, stand for and dwell. Jesus says to dwell or live in Him and you will bear much fruit. When you live in Him and ask Him to live in you, your spirit will come alive!
If you look in the rearview mirror and are not proud of what you see, you are about to hear about the beauty of grace. Jesus has the power to take that mirror, wash it clean and place it as a window ahead of us. He is not so interested in what is behind once it is surrendered to Him. He sees who you can be and who He desires you to be—a bearer of good fruit.
It’s not too late to water the path you walk on!
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