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We are known not as much by what we say, but what we do. We are given gifts that enable us to bear fruit: love, kindness, joy, meekness, longsuffering. It is essential as believers that our lives reflect that we are fruit-bearing children of God.  Jesus, the master teacher spoke about fruit bearing. In Matthew 7:20 we read:

 “Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.”

In this chapter, Matthew the gospel writer indicates that a good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit. Neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Matthew explains that trees that do not bring good fruit are cast down into the sea.  In the text, we are known by the fruit we bear. Fruit means more than an outward act. It means our inner motives. Fruit grows slow and will be tested. Good means sound, strong and bears witness to the power of God. I pray, today, that you bear good fruit, and that people see you as authentic and that they will seek to bear good fruit as well.  May you always be a fruit-bearing child of God.

Matthew 7:20 (NLT)