Words from the Heart for Thursday June 4th, 2020
Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.
Matthew 7:15-17 (NIV)
Early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, Health Canada warned Canadians about the risks of buying health products— including drugs, natural health products, homeopathic products, and medical devices—that make false or misleading claims to prevent, treat or cure the virus. Health Canada issued letters to multiple companies directing them to immediately remove these false claims from their websites and advertising materials. These reports include a wide range of products including some masks, colloidal silver, some disinfectants, plant-based elixirs and formulas, hand sanitizers, Chaga mushroom blends, ultraviolet lamps, and oregano oil.
The history of the Christian Church is replete with those who said they were followers of Jesus, but who spent their lives teaching false doctrine or leading Christians astray. Jesus isn’t surprised by any of these men or women. In Matthew 7:15-17 He taught “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.” The mark of a true follower of Jesus is in what that life produces. When the Holy Spirit dwells in a person, the fruit of the Spirit will become evident. We aren’t perfect, but our lives will be marked by those things that marked the life of Jesus – love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. A true follower of Jesus cannot help but produce this fruit. Jesus warns us to watch out for those who do not evidence such fruit. We should start with our own lives. How do you see the fruit of the Spirit evidenced in your life?
These have been words from the heart.