A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.
Matthew 7:17-20 NLT
Good trees are precious to us. Good trees give good things.
Bad trees do not produce anything good. These are only kindling. They represent much promise thrown to a fiery and final end.
A tree indicates it's desirability based on the fruit it showcases. A person shows their promise by their actions.
You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?
Matthew 7:16 NLT
False prophets are identified in the same way. They act, we watch for genuine outcomes of their actions. The actions give away the identity they have inside their hearts.
“Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves.
Matthew 7:15 NLT
False prophets cannot disguise themselves. They are seen for their actual character.
Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.
Matthew 7:20 NLT
People cannot be separated from their actions. These actions show their true feelings and motives and cannot conceal their identity.
Un-BlahhG author, Caroline Cardwell spends her days caring for children as a therapist and engagement specialist at a local school, chasing four children at home and growing her home based health business. Did we mention that she and her husband, JD Cardwell, also began a church with ah-mazing leaders and a tribe they adore.