By their fruit you will recognize them.
I once knew a woman who made the room brighter just by leaving it. She was a local politician with whom I tried to work for years before finally giving up. Then, life became sweeter. When she was around, tension in the air seemed to rise. She was just so doggone miserable, she found everything to complain about. After watching her manipulate people around her, causing all to be in a discontented state, I ended obligatory interactions with the Debbie Downer because it was bringing me down.
While no one but God knows whether a person’s soul will end up in heaven or hell, today’s passage shows that we actually should judge actions, and goes on to say, “A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.” That’s pretty simple. Call it the “fruit test.”
If a person is full of gossip and strife and seems to cause discontent, it’s good to recognize they’re bearing bad fruit. This recognition is called discernment, and we’re called to practice it. It’s also called using your head for something other than a hat rack.
When you recognize that a relationship is a bad one, shake its dust from your feet and move on.
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Today, apply the “fruit test” to people and situations in your life. When deliberating whether to continue a relationship, ask, “Does it bear good fruit?” Act accordingly and confidently.Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.