Featured Stories

The Good Fruit

Have you ever tasted bad fruit—like a moldy blueberry or an overripe grape? Don’t you just want to spit it out? Yuk! Especially when you couldn’t tell if the fruit was bad. But when there’s really good fruit, like a perfect watermelon or ripe cherries, it’s hard to stop eating them.

Good fruit comes from good trees. Jesus asks, “Do you pick a bunch of grapes from a thorn-bush or figs from a clump of thistles?” (Matt 7:16 Phillips). No, of course not. But in Jesus’ time, there were bushes and trees that had fruit that looked like you could eat it, but you couldn’t because it was bad.

So how can you tell the difference? You have to look closely. Jesus said that you could tell if someone was true and honest or fake and dishonest by the fruit they produce: “You can tell what they are by what they do” (16).

If people are sweet, kind, thoughtful, caring, helpful, giving, they’re being good trees giving good fruit. And that’s what we want to be and to give—good fruit. If we’re tempted to be sneaky or lie, to get angry or say mean words, well then, that’s doing some bad-fruit tree thinking, and it doesn’t lead to any good.

So here are some stories that show us how we can be the “good fruit”—how we can think and act in kind, honest ways.

This Month's Featured Stories for Young Children

 


This Month's Featured Stories for Older Children