“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 known by its fruit… The mouth speaks from what fills the heart. The good person brings good things out of his good treasury, and the evil person brings evil things out of his evil treasury.” (Matthew 12:33–35 the NET Bible)
As I read it I thought… I want my inner self – the “sap” of my life – to produce good fruit! I want what comes out of mouth to be uplifting, positive, encouraging, and life-bringing to others! I want to be known as a person you can go to and “hang around with” and predictably find yourself feeling better for the experience. My prayer today? Oh Lord give me a “pure heart!” May the DNA of my heart – the “sap” that runs through my life be quality stuff! May the “fruit” that comes from my life always testify to the quality of the character that is within! That’s my prayer!!