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OUTWARD APPEARANCES CAN DECEIVE YOU

May 2, 2017

Tuesday

 

Luke 6:43-45

 

“For there is no good tree which produces bad fruit, nor, on the other hand, a bad tree which produces good fruit. “For each tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they pick grapes from a briar bush. “The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart.

 

 

LESSON

 

Jesus’ point in this parable was that a person of bad character cannot normally produce good conduct. Therefore His disciples needed to clean up their lives before they could minister for Him effectively. As a pupil follows the example of his teacher, so “fruit” from a tree follows the nature of that tree. The conduct of people follows from their character, for “good” or for “bad”. The man’s treasury is his heart. What makes the heart good is proper orientation to Jesus as a disciple. The “good man” has chosen to follow Jesus faithfully as His disciple, but the “evil man” has decided to pursue worldly wealth and happiness. A person’s speech normally expresses what “fills his heart.”

 

Conduct follows character as surely as fruit follows root, for “good” and for “bad”. The conduct of Christians is sometimes “bad,” rather than “good,” because their character is still sinful. Disciples are not totally good or totally bad.

 

Memory Verse: Proverbs 17:22

 

Mirrors should think longer before they reflect.

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