Hi Throne Room Brothers and Sisters! This is a continuation of a relationship teaching the Lord has put strong on my heart to share in the Holy Spirit. It is based on the scripture Matthew 7:15-18 where Lord Jesus gives a warning and teaches us that we will KNOW others by their FRUIT. (Please feel free to look at the first teaching post Look at the Fruit – Part 1 for more context and foundation).
SEEDS need to be PLANTED AND RECEIVED INTO GOOD SOIL. The SEED NEEDS TO PRODUCE OR TAKE ROOT, then go through the PROCESS of GROWING, BEING WATERED, and PRODUCING FRUIT in its DUE SEASON. This takes time.
Let’s break this down a little bit and put it into the context of our broader relationships.
Honestly, it takes a considerable time to get to KNOW someone’s character (FRUIT). Character is different then personality. Many people confuse the two. Often people assess others by personality traits rather then character traits.
Personality is based on the word “persona” which means *MASK! It tends to be surface level and may fluctuate fairly easily. Some examples may be, “she is fun-loving” or “he can be shy.”
Character traits are usually known as being deeper and usually revealed to under pressure. Character tends to be SEEN, KNOWN and PROVEN. Some character trait examples are “trustworthiness” and “faithfulness.”
People really can’t fake character traits. If someone is a liar it will eventually come out. If someone claims to be faithful but really isn’t, they will not be able to go very long in a relationship TRYING to walk out a GOOD FRUIT that has in reality not been PLANTED, WATERED and PRODUCED! However, to realize this you need to be PATIENT and WAIT. TRUST IS EARNED over TIME and it can be broken in an moment.
Because people tend to confuse personality (mask) with character (deeper) traits, many relationship often ends in disappointment. Why? Because Lord Jesus said we will KNOW people by their FRUIT. Notice this is a KNOWING PROOF, not an assumption, not surface level or guessing. Where does the Lord say the KNOWING and PROOF will be revealed? By the FRUIT on their TREE.
With this teaching in mind, please remember that because it takes time for seeds to produce. Do yourself a favor and get to KNOW each other’s CHARACTER over TIME. Don’t rush. FRUIT cannot be rushed. It cannot grow overnight.
And be warned, if a person wants you to believe that they have certain character traits (FRUITS ON THEIR TREE) that you DON’T SEE displayed, then they are either lying to you or it has not yet been produced.
Therefore, use caution and be wise in your expectations. There is a reason why the Lord also says “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves. Be ye therefore wise as serpents and harmless as doves.” (Matthew 10:16) Notice the similar wolves analogy to Matthew 7:15-18!
17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.
The TREE WILL PRODUCE SOMETHING. It will be either BAD OR GOOD! So Make sure you know how to discern what is bad and what is good!
Please DON’T IGNORE, MAKE EXCUSES FOR, or RATIONALIZE the FRUIT YOU SEE!
WHEN you SEE the FRUIT, IT will TELL YOU (BY IT’S DISPLAY) WHAT IT ACTUALLY IS!
18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.
GOOD CANNOT BEAR BAD
BAD CANNOT BEAR GOOD
SO STOP MAKING EXCUSES AND SEE IT FOR WHAT IT IS and THEN act in God’s wisdom and guidance on what to do.
TIP: Make sure you pray. It is likely the Lord will have you walk away, keep healthy distance, not hang out with, sit under or be influenced by or be in serious relationship with a person who is bearing bad fruit or not bearing the fruit that is appropriate. This is for you’re own good and maybe theirs’ too. Remember GOD IS GOD so let HIM be. Trust in Him to bring forth the right Godly relationships in your life. Also remember that You are not anyone’s SAVIOR, JESUS IS.
Were you blessed by this teaching? Would love to hear your comments below 🙂
God bless you. Always in His Love and grace, walking with you, your sis Sybella Owens