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February 3, 2013 / glennlim thots

Tree by its Fruit…

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(Mtt 12:33) “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized (or judged) by its fruit.”

By all means, judge a tree by its FRUIT; but never judge a tree by its SEASON…

As humans, we are too quick to size people up by what they can ‘produce’ or how they ‘perform’. In and of itself, this can be hazardously inadequate in measuring one’s ability, character or even calling. Why? Because it is too simplistic an approach to take when assessing the human heart, just based on the outward ‘fruit’ they produce.

We have to first recognise the context in which trees develop. There are external factors that contribute to its growth process, and chief to this is the season its in. Summer time is usually a season of fruition and harvest. But winter is a very different scenario altogether. The tree is barren and ‘dead’, and it is tempting to conclude its uselessness due to its fruitlessness. It is easy for people to think “there must be something wrong with it”.

The principle for us is to always understand the season of life that people go through. And not just focus on their ‘fruits’. When we start to see the challenges they face, or a crisis they’re going through, or maybe a time of inner conflict grappling with a paradigm-shift, we get a better appreciation of their season. We begin to see them as, though stripped of their outward form, essentially still humans after all, still needing the grace of God…

 

Be careful how we judge….Glenn Lim

 

 

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