How To Judge People. You Will Know Them By Their Fruits
Do Not Judge People On What They Say, Judge Them On What They Do. You Will Know Them By Their Fruits. And when I say judge I mean judge them on weather you want to deal with them or not. I know the Bible says we shall not judge people, but that does not mean that we have to let everyone into our circle or trust everyone for that matter (also check out my blog forgiveness does not mean reconciliation).
So why do I say Do Not Judge People On What They Say, Judge Them On What They Do and You Will Know Them By Their Fruits. Let me put out this example. If I say that I am a millionaire does that make it true? If I say that I am a millionaire and you see that I am homeless and living on the street which would you believe, my words, telling you I am a millionaire OR would you think I am a liar because you see me living in poverty and struggle?
If I claim to be a good person but every time you see me I am being mean to people are putting people down is that really being a good person? Do you listen to what I say or what you see me do. That is what I mean when I say You Will Know Them By Their Fruits.
It is the same way with people’s character, especially when it comes to Christians. One thing that I can’t stand is people who claim to be an upstanding God fearing person when in fact they are all types of evil. Do not act like I am the only one to see it. They want to do all the evil in the world and then plead the blood of Jesus when it convenient for them.
I mean let’s face it. Just because someone knows the Bible does not mean that they are good. When the devil tempted Jesus, even he quoted the Bible. So let’s not mistake and think that people who say they pray, quote the Bible, or walk around and pretend that they are good people, are really good people.
The biggest mistake you can make is trusting everyone and following everyone just because they say they pray or just because they say they are Christian. People can say anything. But their talk needs to match their walk. (Also check out my blog on your word being your bond).
That is why I have learned to not pay attention to what people tell me but to pay attention to what people do. Because people can tell you anything. They can tell you that they are for you, that they support you, that they are good, that they love you, or that they care. But really they are a snake in the grass ready to stab you in the back as soon as you are not looking. (You can also check out my blog on frenemies).
“Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for the tree is known by its fruit…. ‘ How can you, being evil, speak what is good? For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart.’ The good man brings out of his good treasure what is good; and the evil man brings out of his evil treasure what is evil.” Matthew 12:33-37
To sum all of this up You Will Know Them By Their Fruits. Their fruits are their actions. Regardless of what a person tells you or who they tell you they are. What really matters is observing the type of person they are and what they do. Because what they do comes from their heart. And there is no masking what is in the heart. (Check out my blog on what’s in the heart the mouth will speak).
- Do they say they love you, but cheat on you?
- Do they say they are an honest person, but then they have a habit of lying?
- Do they say that they are Christian, but then they go in stores and steal everything they can get their hands on?
I have met all of the above people and that is when you have to wonder, why they are trying to lie to you and why are they trying to lie to themselves. Either you are bearing good fruit or you are not. If you are bearing bad fruit and you are evil, do not try to say a few hail Mary’s to cover up the fact that you are a bad person. Do not tell me that you want to pray for me, when in fact you need to pray for yourself.
No one is perfect. I get that. But each person who seeks to be good will bear good fruit. God will not allow you to go forth in His name and continue to be a hot mess. It may not happen right away but surely enough God will change you over time.
You Will Know Them By Their Fruits and comes down to this.
Do not be the person that pretends to be a good person in public but is the devil in private. If you are lying or trying to get people fired, then you need to adjust some things about yourself, these are works of the flesh (read my blog here) and you are not bearing good fruit.
If you are dealing with a friendship or relationship and the person is trying to convince you that they mean well for you, but everything they do to you is bad. You need to run. That person is not bearing good fruit. Their intentions are not good. Do not pay attention to their words but pay attention to their actions. You Will Know Them By Their Fruits.
And more than anything. Do not become the person where you are putting on your Jesus mask during the day and at night you have having candlelight dinners with the devil. You may be able to fool the public, but you can never fool God. He knows you and He knows what you are about.