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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Bearing Good Fruit - The Truth As Far As I Can Tell...


Here’s a poem I once wrote:
                 
This way friend!  Look, what do you see?
Here, taste the fruit of this fruitful tree.
A good tree bears good fruit.  It’s a pleasure to behold.
A bad tree bares bad fruit—rotten, mushy, mold.
 
Crisp refreshment, sweet juices drip.
Scents so heavenly—fruity, airy, whiffs.
Abundance, running over, the harvest bursting full.
This good tree bears good fruit, with a bounty left to pull.
 
Sour repulsion, slimy, mushy pulp.
Pungent, reeking odor—worm-ridden bulbs.
Worthless waste of labor, good only for the flies.
This bad tree bears bad fruit, and those who eat it die.
 
The soil is richly fertile, prepared with care and love.
The trees are pruned so neatly and watered by God above.
The roots do their duty and nourish each budding branch.
But the only thing that matters is if the fruit will make Him dance.
 
So what makes it bad or good?  What makes the discrimination?
Come on, you already know! It’s within your determination.
Good fruit is sweet and tasty—a pleasure to behold.
Bad fruit is spoiled and sour—rotten, mushy, mold.
 
Matthew 7:17-20 – 17A healthy tree produces good fruit, and an unhealthy tree produces bad fruit. 18A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. 19So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. 20Yes, the way to identify a tree or a person is by the kind of fruit that is produced.
 
Of course, I’m no expert and certainly don’t claim to know everything, but that’s the Truth as far as I can tell…
 
Remember, God loves you and so do I!