The Smell of Fruit

The backslider in heart will be filled with the fruit of his ways, and a good man will be filled with the fruit of his ways. Proverbs 14:14 ESV

You will be filled with the fruit of your ways. And good or bad, fruit smells.  What kind of fruit are you bearing?  Good or bad, the fruit is going to come out, and Matthew records the words of Jesus.

Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their action.  Matthew 7:20 NLT

We can't judge people's hearts or motives, but we can be fruit inspectors.  People's actions will be revealing their true identity. Good fruit has a freshness to it, bad fruit is foul.  The type of fruit produced has a distinct fragrance to it, and so does the fruit of our lives.  We all leave behind a fragrance of who we are. 

There are a few people that I know that always wear the same fragrance. I can tell if they have been in the room by the scent that is left behind. Their fragrance lingers.  There is a certain pleasantness that is associated with it. There are other times when the opposite occurs. You can tell that someone has been there that has really "stepped in it"and has brought a foul odor that has traveled with them wherever they have gone. What is true in the physical sense is also true in the spiritual. Our lives have an effect on the people around us.  What fragrance are we producing? 

We all leave a fragrance behind. It is our choice of what it will be. Pleasant or foul, the choice is ours.

This week be aware of the fragrance that lingers wherever you have been.

In His Hands,

John

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