“ Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; FOR A TREE IS KNOWN BY ITS FRUIT. Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? FOR OUT OF THE ABUNDANCE OF THE HEART THE MOUTH SPEAKS. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. FOR BY YOUR WORDS YOU WILL BE JUSTIFIED, AND BY YOUR WORDS YOU WILL BE CONDEMNED.” Matthew 12:33-37
What kind of fruit are you showing by your actions and words? What kind of fruit do you have hidden in your heart and mind?
Galatians 5:19- 21 says, “Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like, of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things WILL NOT inherit the kingdom of God.”
These things just listed are BAD fruit, and they can remind us of Romans 6:21, “What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death.”
Further on in the chapter, though, we are told (in Galatians 5:22), “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control.”
These are the good fruit that we need in our lives.
If we allow the seeds of bad fruit to grow in our lives, it will eventually become evident. If we allow the seeds of good fruit to grow, that will also become clear. Remember that “whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” (Galatians 6:7b)
Don’t give up in your efforts to have good fruit growing in your heart and life. When you see that bad fruit is starting to grow, go to God in prayer. Confess it to God and ask Him to help you to live a good life and to have good fruit in your heart. When you are open to God and speak from an honest heart, God sees that and He will help you.
Pray for a heart like David’s. For he prayed, “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my Strength and my Redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14)
“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” Galatians 6:9
Keep growing in Jesus and follow His example. Read the Bible and spend time with other believers. These are some of the ways you can cultivate good fruit in your heart. Be careful what you let your eyes see, what you let your ears hear, where you let your feet go, what you think and what you feel in your heart. Bad fruit can sneak in and sprout quickly. As soon as you see things that do not belong in the garden of your heart, get rid of them. Check how your “garden” is growing every day. We must examine our spiritual attitude at all times and make sure that we are doing what is right for Jesus.
Remember that you are not doing this alone. Jesus said he will never leave or forsake us. He is praying for us and cares for us very much. He desires that we take the first step in reaching out to Him. Think about it… “Draw near to me, and I will draw near to you.” “Seek and you shall find.” Be open to Jesus, trust Him, surrender to Him, and dedicate your life to Him. When you do, He can make the garden of your heart bear much sweet fruit.
Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God (a reward for seeking God with all our hearts, souls, minds, and strength) is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.”
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