Thursday, August 1, 2013

Luke 6:43-44

"For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes."
Luke 6:43-44

This is just after the mote-beam comparison, about worrying about fixing our own problems before focusing on the problems of others.  And I think that this is a really interesting follow-up.  It talks about the nature of things.  A fig tree has figs, and a thorn tree has thorns.  In relation to us, that seems interesting... I think maybe it is saying that we need to make ourselves good inside... through and through, and then good actions will naturally follow.  It isn't about forcing ourselves to act good while our internal selves feel otherwise.  It is about becoming good on the inside, and then letting that goodness show.  The cool thing about it is that we have a lot more to work with than figs and thorns... and our seed is good.  We just have to make sure we clean out all the badness in ourselves... whether we've invited it in previously or not.
Today, let's be the good trees and not the corrupt ones.  That's the way that we get to the point where goodness radiates out of us naturally... by focusing on our own faults and not other people's... and cleaning house.  Getting rid of those nasty bits and purifying the interior. :)  Let's work on it... together. :)

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