In speaking to hypocritical religious leaders who were accusing Jesus of doing his miracles by the power of Satan, Jesus says:
“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. You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” Matthew 12:33-37 (emphasis added)
A person can’t be divided from what they say and what they do. In Jesus’s case, his actions were good, and they were coming from a good heart. He was consistent. The religious leaders on the other hand were branded a “brood of vipers” due to their ability to say “good things” while being evil people. With the opposite also being true, saying evil things, while claiming to be good.
This is a very relevant message for today. No one wants to be called “evil,” but does that mean evil people don’t exist? When a person says evil things (over and over again), what is the logical conclusion? Continue Reading…