Learning to define and recognize “the fruit” of a person, whether it is responsibility or integrity or any of the many definable qualities of character, puts us in a position of awareness that can and should direct our interaction with the world around us.
This does not mean that we separate ourselves from anything worldly or uncomfortable. It just means that we have an effective tool that helps us to guard our hearts. We become aware of the seeds that we allow to be planted into our lives and we exercise our life power by deciding what kind of seeds we plant in the world around us. We do this because we know that the seeds planted will always continue to reproduce after their own kind. It is an exercise in human responsibility.
Jesus said that we can know a tree by its fruits.
16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.
It is easy to look on the surface of a person’s life and see charisma or talent. Recognizing potential has always been inspiring. If only we were judged by our potential. However the truth of a person can be seen only in the fruits of their life not in their intentions. After all, everyone has potential.
It’s the fruit not the intention that is the glaring reality of what we really are. Like judging a book by the cover or a sports team by the uniform is judging a person by a smile. Many a young person has found out, a bright red paint job doesn’t make a car reliable just as a great big smile and kind words doesn’t make a person a good friend, partner or role model. We can see in nature that apple seeds always produce apples the same as humans always reproduce images of themselves according to the simple laws of DNA and of human character. We leave our finger prints where ever we go just like God did.