BY THEIR FRUITS YOU WILL RECOGNIZE THEM
Matthew 7:16-18 “By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, 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.”
Goodness and faithfulness were obvious fruits of the spirit that were always seen in Mrs. Dola. After she had raised ten children, she took in the five children of her dead sister.
I always bought my charcoal for cooking from Mrs. Dola because she earned her living by preparing and selling it.
One day she took the money I had paid her and arranged the coins in neat little piles before her. She patiently explained to me that one little pile equal to 20 cents was money she owed me for her pills. Another little pile of 10 cents was money she owed for her son’s medicine.
I never kept a record of such small amounts and forgot about them. If I sold a woman medicine for 50 cents and she had only 30 cents, I said it was fine and gave her the treatment.
Mrs. Dola remembered every cent and was determined to pay them. And then she gave me a gift of 40 cents for being her very best customer.
Mrs. Dola was incapable of bearing bad fruit. Because the good fruits ripened constantly in her life.