Devotions for August 8, 2017

MATTHEW 7:15-20

The Tree and Its Fruit
15 “Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves. 16 You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. 18 A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. 19 So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. 20 Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.

FRUIT OF THE KINGDOM

This is one of the more intuitive of Jesus’ teachings: a person’s actions will inevitably produce consequences (fruit) in their life and show you their heart. It is enormously encouraging that when we surrender our lives to Jesus, kingdom fruit will be produced by the power of the Holy Spirit.

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: What agricultural principle does Jesus give us for discerning our character and heart posture?
Q: Is your spiritual life producing the fruit of godliness? If not, what needs to change so that you do?
Q: How can you serve others around you today? What might happen if they see the spiritual fruit that Jesus can generate in your life?

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