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Through "The Basics with Beth," Beth Jones is teaching the basics of God's Word to help you live a life you love and love the life you live! 

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The Fruit Speaks

Beth Jones

"A tree is identified by its fruit. Make a tree good, and its fruit will be good. Make a tree bad, and its fruit will be bad." Matthew 12:33, NLT

A tree is known by its fruit. This little truth answers a lot of life's questions.

People can say all kinds of things - good or bad - about a person, a church, a family or an organization, but if you really want to know what the true story is, just look, listen and taste the fruit for yourself!

The fruit will tell you all about the tree. For example, we know this to be true: when you bite into a juicy peach, you can be 100% sure that the tree is indeed a peach tree. If you bite into a bitter crab apple, there's no doubt about it—it came from a crabapple tree.

If you've ever thought to yourself, "I wonder what that person, church, family or organization is really like?" It’s easy to find out - simply look at, listen to and taste the fruit in their lives. 

Does the consistent, overall fruit sound, look and taste like love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, goodness, faith, generosity, sweetness, grace, mercy, truth, honesty, integrity, humility, victory and success? If so, you can be certain that the tree is good. That is a fact. You can fake a lot of things in life, but you can't fake fruit. 

Jesus made it clear: "A good tree can't produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can't produce good fruit. A tree is identified by the kind of fruit it produces. Figs never grow on thornbushes or grapes on bramble bushes. A good person produces good deeds from a good heart, and an evil person produces evil deeds from an evil heart. Whatever is in your heart determines what you say." Luke 6:43-45, NLT

So, don’t worry so much about everyone's opinions, the latest polls, news media, editorials, or blogs about every person, church, family or organization. You have more insight than that! Instead, just look, listen and taste the fruit. 

Today may be a good day to examine the fruit in your own life. Are you producing good fruit, fruit that remains? Remember, a tree is always identified by the kind of fruit it produces.

Say It: "Father, I thank You for making things so simple. I want to be a good tree that produces good fruit. Give me discernment to recognize good fruit and good trees and the wisdom to stay away from bad fruit and bad trees. In Jesus' Name. Amen."