We have so much information coming at us. While most of it claims to be the facts on how and why things happen, it is hard to know what are the true facts. Of course, we have available “Facts Check,” which is available through Google, Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia, political parties, and various news medias. The problem is they often contradict one another. How can we possibly know the truth about the facts?

God’s has given us a “Facts Check” of a different kind. It is more like a Facts Reality or Facts Act. God advises us to look more at the fruits of facts by going beyond what is stated and look at behavior. Jesus once engaged with a group of people who saw themselves to be wise and experts at analyzing people’s character. These analysts went to great extent to eloquently talk about peoples faults and failings. Jesus pointed out that the real facts about a person’s life is not simply in the information they express about themselves or others, but in the fruits that come from what they demonstrate in their actions (Matthew 7:15-19).  People may say how they have compassion and concern for others. But when the fruit of their life shows the contrary (i.e. ongoing selfishness, demeaning responses, domineering behavior, etc.), the real fact is, what they claim is not how they live (Romans 12:9). The facts that make up who we are are more than a single deed we do, more than a passionate cause or slogan we hold.  Jesus said, “You will know them by their fruits” (Matthew 7:20).  Let’s start, not by looking at others, but by asking the Lord to produce the fruit of the Spirit in our actions.  Consider:  “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23).

This thought was written by Paul M. Curtas, General Director of FCAP.