How can we know?


What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?

“Watch out for false prophets… by their fruit you will recognize them.” (Matthew 7:15-16)
There are many, many ‘teachers’ that claim to speak for Jesus.
How are we supposed to know which ones to listen to, and which ones to avoid?
Jesus gives us a helpful test: look at the fruit or result of their lives and teaching.
Are they loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, self-controlled?
These are the evidences that the Spirit of Jesus is at work in them (Galatians 5:22-23)
Don’t let bible knowledge, or amazing feats or successes, or huge followings fool you.
I know of a big name ‘teacher’ who prides himself in being ‘faithful to be bible.’
But what stands out to me more is how ungracious, unkind and hurtful his words are.
He has a lot of followers, but that does not make him a Christ-like leader.
But it is easier for me to see it in others… what about in me?
Do I treat others as fellow image-bearers in need of grace and mercy, like me?
I may console myself to say I am not as bad as this other big name ‘teacher’.
But I am not called to compare myself to him; how do I compare to Jesus?
This is the fruit we is working to produce in me, the fruit I want to see in my life!
Lord, may the fruit of my mouth and life reflect the fruit of the Spirit. Help me speak and teach the truth humbly and graciously, with God-like love.


  1. “every good tree bears good fruit” Lord, help me to bear good fruit! I know I can only do so by being closely connected to you Jesus – through the HS. Thank you for your gift – help me to bear good fruit. May I be known by my relationship with you! Lord as I grow closer to you may I also stay in touch with others who are also on a journey with you. Keep me from comparing but help me focus on whatever you are teaching, guiding me today. It is by your grace that I may give grace to others!

  2. Wen I was teaching I was a ‘food inspector’ seeing the food the kids ate at lunchtime. Good food? You are what you eat.
    In our daily living we become ‘Fruit inspectors’ judging people by their actions. Our words and deeds need to be in sync. As trees are know by their fruit, we too are known by the fruit of our labours. It needs be the fruit of the Spirit.

    The Fruit of the Spirit’s not a coconut

    The Fruit of the Spirit’s not a coconut

    If you want to be a coconut

    You might as well hear it:
    You can’t be a fruit of the Spirit

    Cause the fruit is
    Love, joy, peace, patience,

    Kindness, goodness, faithfulness
    Gentleness and self-control

    Love, joy, peace, patience,
    Kindness, goodness, faithfulness
    Gentleness and self-control

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