What Jesus Did! 'Good Fruit' — Matthew 12:33-35

Monday, June 14, 2021

[Jesus continued his reply to the Pharisees:] "A tree is identified by its fruit. If a tree is good, its fruit will be good. If a tree is bad, its fruit will be bad. You brood of snakes! How could evil men like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your heart determines what you say. A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart."
— Matthew 12:33-35 NLT

Key Thought

Blasphemy is what you would expect from Jesus' opponents, because their hearts are evil. They have demonstrated this again and again by their actions. But what about us? Is there a cynical, fault-finding heart that is always skeptically looking to cut down those who do good things? Is there an arrogant, hypocritical heart that allows us to look for the faults in others but not deal with our own? Is there an undiscerning, rebellious heart that allows us to see no need for standards or morals? We must remember that our mouths speak of what is in our hearts. Our deeds display the values of our hearts. We must guard our hearts and seek after truth, and in particular, seek after Jesus.

Today's Prayer

Purify my heart, O God, so that I may faithfully and honorably serve you. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Proverbs 4:23-27
  • John 7:37-39
  • Proverbs 20:5

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Illustration of Matthew 12:33-35 NLT — "A tree is identified by its fruit."

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

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