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Matthew 7:15-23, Galatians 5:22-23
Text: Matthew 7:15-23, Galatians 5:22-23
“You will recognize them by their fruits.”
– Matthew 7:16a
I love when Scripture gives us a good gardening metaphor. When the parable turns to something green and rooted in the ground, I’m all ears and ready to learn.
This bit of Scripture begins with trees. We are told about healthy trees and trees that have been affected by disease. We are reminded that just like a cherry tree cannot bear apples, neither can a sick tree bear healthy fruit.
A healthy tree bears healthy fruit. That’s what we’re always looking for. We’re looking for a tree that has been pruned, watered, and uncompromised by disease. We want the Spirit to grow that fruit beautifully and healthily.
But, sometimes we find the opposite. Sometimes, we find a tree where the fruit is rotting on the branch. The tree has been ill, or perhaps succumbed to thistles and weeds which choke out any hope of fruit.
We know the Spirit of God bears the fruit in our lives if we are followers of Christ. We are known to belong to our Lord by the fruits that we bear. Do our lives show a pattern of love, joy or kindness? Are your days marked by peace, patience, and gentleness? Is my life heavy with self-control, faithfulness, and goodness?
This is how we will know if we are His—we will bear His fruit.
By His goodness, a good tree will bear good fruit.