Words from the Heart for Friday June 5th, 2020
A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.
Matthew 7:18-20 (NIV)
Good Fruit, Bad Fruit
A study from the University of British Columbia showed a significant drop in the amount of fruit and vegetables Canadians ate over an 11-year period. And that decrease is putting us at risk of diseases later in life, a researcher says. “Poor diet quality is the number one contributor to the burden of chronic diseases in Canada,” said lead author Claire Tugault-Lafleur, a postdoctoral fellow in UBC’s food, nutrition and health program. The study examined dietary data from two nationwide surveys involving more than 50,000 Canadians, aged two and older.
Someone said that we are not to judge others, but we are called to be fruit inspectors. In light of the recent spate of reports of abuse within the church, the words of Jesus in Matthew 7:18-20 need to be heeded. He taught us “A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.” I live in a fruit belt. There are orchards all around. One apple orchard recently cleared acres of old apple trees. They had quit producing healthy fruit and needed to be replaced. So, the old trees came out and were burned and new trees were planted. Jesus uses this to teach an important lesson for us in our day. There have always been those in the Church who bear bad fruit. Their lives not only don’t evidence the fruit of the Spirit, but actually do harm to others and mar the good name of Jesus. Church leaders have the responsibility to deal firmly with those who bear this kind of bad fruit.
These have been words from the heart.