Devotions for June 21, 2017

MATTHEW 7:15-20

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.

THE FRUIT OF LIFE

A good tree produces good fruit and a bad tree produces bad fruit. This is a metaphor that speaks about our character and the outcomes of our lives. The more we honor God, the more we will bless others with good fruit. We cannot do this on our own strength, but rather we need Jesus to supernaturally empower us to live as a good tree.

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: Would you say that the majority of the “fruit” produced in your life is good?

Q: What are some changes you need to make in your life so that more “good fruit” is produced? How can your repent so that less “bad fruit” is produced?

Q: How can you start today by turning from your selfishness so that you can see the needs of others and serve them?

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