A Tree and its Fruit

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VERSE:
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

THOUGHT:
What does the fruit of your life look like? Is there strong evidence of the cleansing work of the Holy Spirit in your actions? Can people tell, aside from your words, that you are truly born again; or do you for the most part look, act and talk like most of the world? If you have no substantial fruit of Christ in your life, then you have no reason to be assured of your salvation, and every reason to question it.

APPLICATION:
Don’t look for loopholes in the gospel that allow you to continue in sin yet still be saved. Examine the fruit of your life and see if you are truly in the faith.

PRAYER:
Heavenly Father, search me and keep me. Reveal to me areas in my life which bear bad fruit and give me the strength to remove them. Help me to bear good fruit, showing myself to be your disciple. In Jesus’ Name I pray, AMEN!

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