Eye Catching Only!

 Fruits Looks Good On The Our Side, But Rotten On the In Side

Shared by Apostle James R Winfree Sr, Revealing The Truth Of God's Holy Word In Love:

 

 

In a simple and brief section of the Word of Life, on the Plain in Luke’s Gospel and the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew’s Gospel, we find an excellent example. Jesus has been talking about hypocrites and false teachers and then says simply, “A good tree does not bear rotten fruit, nor does a rotten tree bear good fruit. For every tree is known by its own fruit” (Luke 6: 43-44; see also Matthew 7:17-18). 

 

 

In its original Gospel context, this teaching was geared to serve as a sharp warning against hypocrites. It helped Jesus’ hearers evaluate those who claimed leadership roles as prophets and teachers. He was reminding his followers of a tool that had been tested over the centuries. The criterion for recognizing a true or false prophet had always been to look at their deeds. Isaiah and Jeremiah had both noted that the just ones produce good deeds while the deeds of the wicked will bring judgment upon them (see Isaiah 3:10; Jeremiah 17:10). Psalm 1 speaks of the just one who is “like a tree planted near streams of water, that yields its fruit in season.”

 

The brief parable of the tree and its fruit in the Gospel accounts serves as a warning to leaders, including religious leaders. What is the message they preach? And how do their actions reflect what they say they believe? Is there continuity? This parable, though, also serves as a kind of self-examination. Just as the fruit of a tree reveals its nature and the health of that fruit gives evidence of the tree’s vitality, so the fruit of our lives offers evidence of who we are. 

 

We might begin by considering what our words and actions say about us and about the God who lives within us. Is the fruit of our lives expressed in care for others or in self-centeredness? Are we producing words and deeds that communicate generosity or do they send a message that promotes greed? Are we working for justice for those on the margins or do our words and deeds further alienate those already left out? Do we communicate gentleness and peace or do our lives speak of chaos? What fruit do we produce?

 

Jesus goes on to say in Luke 6:45, “A good person out of the store of goodness in his heart produces good, but an evil person out of the store of evil produces evil; for from the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks.” In the ancient Mediterranean world where the Bible came to be, the heart was not simply the seat of one’s emotions. More importantly, it was the center of a person’s moral, intellectual and spiritual life. There is the suggestion here that we can become aware of our heart’s choices by paying attention to what we talk about and where we invest our energy and skills.

 

The words of Jesus remind us that truly moral living requires interior transformation, the kind of transformation that he offers as his words continue to speak to us today. A tree can enjoy all kinds of external conditions that are ideal, moderate rains, ample sunlight, and good temperature ranges, but without being fed by rich nutrients in the soil, the fruit will not appear.

 

If this simple teaching using a tree and its fruit has evoked some kind of deeper thought within us, or a desire to examine our routine ways of acting and thinking, then the parable continues to do its job. I remember not only did the fruit looked good, but also tasted sweet and good, But today's is just for the eyes only and not for eating. Going to a religious service or its buildings do not make you His Church, you must be born into His Church of Water and of Spirit. Period.

 

 

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Apostle James R Winfree Sr, Online Love Fellowship Jesus Church & Nations Media Ministries:

 

 

We Are Serving & Building Up The Church That Jesus Christ Himself Built, And Not Religious Buildings!

 

2 Corinthians 9:7