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Matthew 7:15-20, Teachings of Jesus

Narrative Lectionary Key Verse for Today

Every good tree bears good fruit.
— Matthew 7:17

NL Daily Devotion for Thursday, February 7, 2019

by Rev. Stefanie Fauth, Clergy Stuff


I have no idea if I’m bearing good fruit.

If every good tree bears good fruit and I can’t tell - could I be a bad tree?

Will I be burned in the fire?

Maybe I’m the only person who gets anxious about texts like this, but I feel extreme pressure about measuring the results of faith.

For now, I’ll take comfort in the fact that it doesn’t say that there’s a time frame - there isn’t a certain, “bear by” date on my tree.

And for those of you out there wondering the same of yourself, I’m sure there’s more good fruit that has come from you than you realize!

Narrative Lectionary Daily Reading:

A Tree and Its Fruit

 ‘Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles? In the same way, every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will know them by their fruits.

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