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Fruit Used for Tree Identification

Updated: Mar 26, 2020

Matthew 12:33-37

Verse 35 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.

Fruit trees are a beautiful sight when they are full of ripening fruit. But if there is brown rot that scene becomes a time of serious concern for the gardener as this could destroy a whole seasons crop if not handled promptly and thoroughly. The affected branches aren't even considered suitable for compost.

Jesus was talking to the Pharisees about the fruit in our lives. If we are a good "tree" - one who is under the Lord's skillful hand, being pruned of the bad things in our life - we will bear good fruit. But if we are not a good tree - have unattended rot of sin in our lives - we will be bearing bad fruit. Jesus is particularly talking to the Pharisees about the sin that comes from their, and our, mouths.

We can tell a lot about a person by what comes out of their mouths, whether as vulgar words and phrases, unkind speech, not speaking when we should, lies or gossiping OR if it is blessing, encouraging, loving, helpful. Jesus reminds us that we speak out of what is stored up in us. Each of us has a deep storehouse in us that holds to either the life-giving grace that comes from the Holy Spirit living in us or the brown rot of sin that shows an evil source in our lives.

Furthermore what comes out - good or bad - will have to be answered for on the day of judgment. Jesus even said every empty word spoken - that is a word that isn't necessary - will be judged either to acquit us or to condemn us. He is wanting us to see that words, even carelessly spoke words, have eternal consequences. God sees verbal sins as very serious (Matthew 5:22; 2 Corinthians 12:20; James 3:3-12). Don't you think we should too? Remember our words show our fruit. Don't show rotten fruit.

Making it personal

How would you rate your words? How do you think God would rate them? What is a way you need to be more careful about what comes out of your mouth?

Making it personal kids

Sing Oh Be Careful Little Eyes focusing on each verse, but especially the verse Oh Be Careful Little Mouth. What are some ways that our mouth can show that we have sin rot?

Closing prayer

Father, thank You for the reminder that our words, even careless words, have lasting effects. Help us pay closer attention to our words before we even say them. In Jesus' name, amen.

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