We’ve set a firm foundation and begun initiating practices of faith. The next step is to look for and/or be a role model for others. This week, we look at the Gospel stories where Jesus implores his followers to recognize that the state of our hearts and souls is intertwined with our actions and words.
33 “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit.
34 You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.
35 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.
36 But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken.
37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”