About Jesus - Steve (Stephen) Sweetman

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By Your Posts You Will Be Recognized   


As recorded in Matthew 7:20, Jesus said that people are recognized for who they are by the fruit of their lives. 


 "Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them."


What Jesus said is common sense, just a natural law, as is seen in His analogy that a thorn bush does not grow grapes and a good tree does not produce bad fruit.  Furthermore, Luke 6:45 records Jesus to say that what we say, and I might add, what we post on social media sites, reveals what is in our hearts, and what is in our hearts is who we really are.    


"A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of."


So, after hearing what you say, or reading your social media posts, who do people recognize you to be?   


Enhanced by our social media involvement where it appears that everyone thinks he is an expert on every issue, many of us have become arrogant, nasty, angry and self-promoting.  These are not the character qualities that Christians should exhibit, but they can be easily read in our online social media pulpits.         


The apostle James knew nothing about our social media culture but he knew the culture of sinful humanity, so what he wrote hundreds of years ago is relevant in our day.  James 1:19 reads:


"My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,"


James wasn't being super spiritual, overly intellectual, or intentionally doctrinal.  Being quick to listen and slow to speak are common sense principles of one possessing effective communication skills.  A constructive conversation begins with listening.  Only then will you understand all aspects of the conversation.  A slow response implies a well thought out reply without any hasty nastiness.  Only then will the conversation, whether spoken or written, be productive. 


You can be sure that you will be branded or recognized for who you are by what you say and by what you post.  If you want to be recognized as the Christian you claim to be, be quick to hear and slow to speak.  Be humble, thoughtful, and use your God-given common sense as you reveal the opinions of your heart.  Better still, allow Jesus to transform your heart so it will produce good fruit.  A good tree really does produce good fruit and you will be recognized by your fruit.           


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