Thought for the Day # 187
EXAMINE THE FRUIT
Matthew (New American Standard Bible)
“A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit.”
We as Christians have a tendency to think the best of others. We want to believe that everyone is basically good. We put our trust in them. We assume that no one would intentionally deceive us, especially those who claim to be fellow servants of the Lord.
Sometimes we look upon people with admiration or devotion for one reason or another. They become our role models. Disillusionment in those that we thought to be near perfect can be overwhelming. We often become hurt and discouraged because we expect the standards of others to be the same as our own.
There is an old saying that: “if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and looks like a duck, then it must be a duck”. While this might be true for ducks, it certainly is not true of people. There are those who claim to be something that they are not. The declaration that “I am a Christian” does not make it so.
One, who declares Christ as his Lord, must also bear the fruit of the Lord. True Christians sometimes disappoint and hurt us, but we must be aware of the impostor whose intent is to destroy and kill.
We will avoid much injury if we remember to examine those who present themselves as Christians but always produce division and pain.
The true Christian has both the right and obligation to separate themselves from such persons. Indeed, the Scripture declares that we shall know them by their fruit. It is imperative that we take a good look at the fruit produced by the tree.
The Saints of God would avoid many casualties if we would remember the simple truth that Jesus gave us. “We shall know them by their fruit”.
Dear heavenly father, I often walk in discouragement and pain. I know this is not pleasing to you. Help me to examine the fruit of those who have wounded me. Help me to forgive the genuine believers who have disappointed me and give me the wisdom to separate myself from the impostor who always produces bad fruit. I pray in Jesus name. Amen