Leading up to this verse, Jesus states that ‘good fruit trees produce good fruit and bad fruit trees produce bad fruit’… seems obvious. So, which are you? What kind of fruit do you produce regularly? We can also recall Paul’s definition of the ‘fruit of the Spirit’ (Galatians 5:22-23) “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control;” (ESV) See if you can produce more of that kind of fruit each day. What a great blessing you will be!!
Send along this verse to all of your family, friends, and coworkers on your email list by copying and pasting this blog or this link. Ask if they had a fruit tree on their property or nearby when they were growing up. Ask if they remember if it produced good fruit or bad fruit. We do remember those kind of things. Let them know what it takes to produce good fruit each day. Share with them some of the ‘fruit of the Spirit’ attributes. Continually Take Time For God’s Word at 7:20 am or pm and as you have a piece of fruit with a meal or snack, then remember this verse. This verse is just 8 words long. By saying it 3-4 times, you will likely know it. Then, to recall it, just associate it with a specific piece of fruit. Link it to a banana, for example. When you see a banana, something that you easily ‘recognize’, then think about how people will recognize the good fruit that you produce. It will make you more mindful of what you say and how you act. Be more fruitful in what you do!We focus our prayers today on all of the youth outreach ministries and missions like Awana programs. They focus on sharing God’s Word to kids and to help them to remember key verses. Many of those verses will stay with those kids for the rest of their lives. What a blessing. Touching young hearts and lives is what we want to do. Letting them learn about Jesus at a young age can help them through many difficult days in life. Support them. Help if you can. Be a blessing like that in the lives of our youth. Pass it on through great verses that you have known since your youth.