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Luke 6:43-45

 

A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit.

A tree is identified by its fruit.

Figs are never gathered from thornbushes, and grapes are not picked from bramble bushes. 

A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart,

And an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart.

What you say flows from what is in your heart. 

 

 

One of the Christian arguments that we all have in love has to do with the topic of deeds and works for the Kingdom.  I want to be clear and direct on this subject.  We are not saved and don't have "front row seats" in heaven because of what we do on earth.  All of us are saved by grace and only through Jesus Christ, God's only Son.  The Bible is extremely clear about this matter.  Some denominations and churches may mislead people into believing that how much they give of their time, talent, and treasure determines their final destination at death. This simply is not true.  The danger of this way of thinking is that many will not hear the message of Jesus Christ and accept Him as their personal Savior, because they are so focused on being busy with tasks and deeds that they believe will get them into the nicest mansion in the glorious unknown.  Enter Luke 6:43-45 to explain that the cart does not come before the horse!  It is important to remember that Luke was a doctor.  He spoke like one.  What do I mean by that?  He was a "cause and effect" guy.  Look at our Scripture for today.  Good trees can't produce bad fruit.  Hence, bad trees can't produce good fruit.  In Christian circles, there are many people who struggle with this, but it is absolutely true, regardless if we want to hear it or not.  Good and bad are relative terms to the world.  We redefine them daily.  Watch any old cartoons or TV shows.  There is no violence in Huckleberry Hound, Yogi Bear, or Quickdraw McGraw (I know, I'm old)!  They are actually funny, not degrading.  In Contrast, the title of a cartoon being "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" probably speaks for itself!  While Sponge Bob is sometimes funny, check out the content.  We have redefined good for our children.  The Bible never changed its definition of good and evil, and good is not defined by God as perfect.  When we make mistakes, they are Godly ones which means we are truly sorry, apologize to the people wronged, and turn from our evil ways.  That is the fact that keeps us "good".  This should now clear up why you see very different behaviors in people that confuse you.  When lying, anger, jealousy, envy, and greed continue to be on display in a given individual, you are seeing their true heart.  They simply can't help themselves and are consumed by the evil tendencies we all have inside of us.  Now here is the hard truth from our Scripture.  All of our "fruit" or lack thereof comes from our heart.  Ouch!  Does that mean that some of us have evil hearts?  Without the love of God, we all do.  This is something we can't fake or pretend about for very long.  If our Christianity is a religion instead of a lifestyle, people will see our "bad fruit".  What should we do?  We must live in the Spirit 24/7.  We can't turn it off and on for church on Sunday or prayer meeting on Wednesday or just in time for the men's or women's supper!  If you are struggling today with this concept, look at what kind of bush you are hanging out with each day.  If you wish to be a fig, get out of the thornbushes.  If you wish to be a grape, stay away from the bramble patch.  Make God greater today and you less, because you get to choose, happy or sad, good fruit or bad!