In my twenties, I had the wonderful opportunity to study in Switzerland under a Christian apologist named Francis Schaeffer. On more than one occasion I can remember him talking about the fruit of what we believe. He shared… there are people who advocate certain beliefs that sound accurate, fair, and compassionate, but if you look at their lives and see how they treat people over the long run, it will give you a better idea of what they really believe. This is so applicable for our times. There are people in an uproar over issues like significance, fairness, and tolerance, but looking closer at how they themselves actually treat people will reveal the true basis of their belief and its fruit. The religious leaders of Jesus’ day were masters at presenting a facade to appear one way but actually lived the opposite. Jesus said you will know if a person’s belief is good or bad by its fruit. (Matthew 7:16-20).
Being “nice” is not necessarily the gauge of whether someone’s belief is “right,” as not all people who behave nicely believe what is right, and some people who believe what is right can behave not very nicely. What is certain is that whether we are nice or not so nice, believing the wrong things over time eventually will produce bad fruit in our lives. But on a positive note… the life lived in God’s truth produces good fruit that we and others can enjoy. Jesus went on to say that without Him we cannot produce good lasting fruit in this life (John 15:4-5). He asks that we trust Him and learn to abide in Him and His words. PMC Consider: “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” (Galatians 5:22-23 NLT)
This thought as written by Paul M. Curtas, General Director of FCAP.