The Tree and Its Fruit

A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot produce good fruit. A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart. Luke 6: 43, 45 NLT

Have you ever heard someone say, “Oh I didn’t mean to say that or I’m sorry, that I said that or I don’t know why I said that?”

The Bible gives us the answer, and the reason for all misspoken words is that we spoke exactly what was in our minds. It is our wayward thoughts that will always be revealed when the right situation presents itself. More often than not, these words slip out without hesitation and we are faced with embarrassment, or simply relieved because the thought weighed heavily on our minds.

So, the process of self-justification begins: “What I said was the truth and he or she deserved to be told, and it is better that they hear it from me.”

Many individuals believe in a “gray area” which is a manmade creation that indicates an area of compromise; the compromise between good and evil, truth and error, the implied or the unspoken, the seen and the unseen. However, God clarifies that His standards are love or hate, truth or lies, right or wrong; God does not have an area of compromise, and neither should we fall into the trap devised by the master deceiver–Satan.

We must make the decision to live by God’s standards. When we abide by truth and righteousness, our minds will reflect goodness, and the words that proceed from our mouths will never be offensive, hurtful, or belittling.

Remember that God’s daily forgiveness, grace and mercies are gifts that we should cherish and when we contemplate on His love, our minds (hearts) will be in alignment with his definition of a good person.

Bible Reading for today: Luke 6

Prayer for today: Dear God, We ask forgiveness for living in an area of compromise; an area where we define what is right and wrong, and what constitutes good and evil. We ask you to cleanse us from all unrighteousness, to give us a clean heart and renew a right Spirit within us. We thank you for giving us holy and uncompromising standards to live by. It is our desire to have eternal life and to always possess thoughts and speak words that reflect your character. We ask this prayer in the worthy name of Jesus. Amen.

© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019

Author: steps2successwithsolutions

By profession, I am a Registered Nurse, with a passion for helping others overcome the obstacles in their lives. I am a writer of Devotionals, Romantic Poetry, and Research Articles. The recent development of Mentoring and launching as a Motivational Speaker has prompted me to address real-life issues for women from a spiritual perspective.