“Beware of false prophets, who came 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 trees 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 in the fire. Thus you will know them by their fruit”-Matthew 7:15-20
This is a parable that Jesus told. This was the passage that was discussed at last night’s Gathering. For the next couple of Gatherings, students will be preaching the sermon, which has to be about a parable. At first glance, this parable makes no sense to me. But than again, parables have hidden meanings.
This passage its primarily about relationships in life. Humans are relational characters, which means relationships are very important. But relationships are not easy, but be careful of the different relationships. Just like this passage suggests, it says stay from toxic relationships meaning they are causing harm to your life. It simply says let the good ones thrive. When a friendships ends, it hurts, but sometimes it is for the better. A good relationship should be exciting, caring, and should have value. A bad relationship may not be that because they only will cause harm and that is what the enemy wants. It might be hard to know if a relationship is bad or not, but it will be figured out. Just cast the bad relationships out because they are not meant to exist. It is better to keep the good relationships.
Even though it hurts when a friendship ends, God is hurting with you. Sometimes a friendship or a relationship seems to end for no reason and it may not make sense. Life hurts at times, but don’t forget God is feeling your emotions too. Redemption happens all the time.