Are my works my fruit? Or shall I eat in vain? I come to the Lord and remember that day: "Eat! Eat!" I heard Him say. "Except this tree, you shall not touch," But I did not understand that much... And there my fate lay on a quiver, When in myself, I failed to shiver, Of that fruit, I was convinced to go, And ate of what I was not supposed to know... Good and evil, I was able to see, Severed from God, I came to be, Vulnerable since the devil lied to me... Good and evil entwined an intricate link, In a heap of confusion, I started to sink. But, now, a time or two has passed, When all is realized through a conundrum; The Lord is good, and teaches well, The lessons are there for us to tell, When all is tainted and hard to see, The message is clear for us to be; Of what is good and not forgotten, Believe in God lest we get rotten. What is fruit is what is good, What is good is what is God, What is God is what is love, Man created in God's image was meant to be, For only our good fruit we're meant to see, Anything less reveals only a man, Desiring love, not more than he can.
True and False Prophets
Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.
True and False Disciples
Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’MATTHEW 7:15-23
From archives February 22, 2010.