I remember the first home my parents bought when I was very young. The home had 6 acres or so with it and an apple orchard of like 8 or 10 trees. I remember my Mom and Mammie (Grandmother) processing apples by drying them for apple pies later. The trees needed treatment to keep the bugs and worms from getting the apples first. Currently at our office on Cedar Street there is a pear tree loaded with pears. Fruit trees are a blessing. They produce something that is consumable, tasty and healthy.
Jesus compared us to fruit trees. Our lives should produce “fruit” – lives full of blessing and good health! Check this out…43 “No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. 44 Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thorn bushes, or grapes from briers. 45 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. (Luke 6:43-45 NIV)
I must be careful passing judgment on another person’s motives. However, I can inspect the fruit of their life. Jesus said good trees don’t bear bad fruit and visa versa. I must be careful to guard my heart and soul in order to bear good fruit – fruit that blesses others and attracts others to the HOPE I have in Christ. I am thankful for the Grace of God that helps me produce healthy fruit. Without His Grace, my “fruit” would be rotten and full of worms. He made all the difference in my life.Pressing On! Dwayne