how shall you be known?

“A lie is a delusion of the mind, while evil is a delusion of the will.
The sign by which one is distinguished from the other is the judgement of God Himself…
that which He teaches a man is the truth;
that which He leads a man to will is the good.
But whatever contradicts this is entirely false, entirely evil.”

St. Nicholas Cabasilas

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“Watch out for false prophets.

They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.

By their fruit you will recognize them.

Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles?
Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit,
but a bad tree bears bad fruit.

A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.
Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.
(Matthew 7:15-20)

Where it is important that we should be able to recognize what is true, real and pure…
that which is not a falsehood, a lie, an evil…

Is it not equally as important that others should be able to look at us,
both you and me,
and recognize what drives us, guides us, leads us…?

What do they see?

Can they see what we stand for, what directs us, what motivates us…

Are we a mirror, reflecting the Grace, Mercy and determination of Christ

Or do we cast shadows of obscured light…

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(persimmons / Troup Co, Georgia / Julie Cook / 2016)

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness
and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,

Romans 1:18

8 comments on “how shall you be known?

  1. I was wondering why you didn’t identify the first pic. Reading further, I got it. Can’t say I have ever seen a persimmon.

    • the only reason I know what they are is that when I was little and we waited for the school bus each morning, there was a persimmon tree right by our stop—when they are ripe, they fall from the tree (possums love them) and we’d step on them unknowingly and have persimmon gunk all over the bottom of our shoes—tracking that mess on the bus and eventually into school—
      there are recipes for persimmon breads and puddings—and the larger asian varieties are sold in groceries stores—but I can say that I have never tasted not experimented with them in the kitchen, but perhaps I should 🙂

  2. Wow, another stellar one that you’ve knocked out of the ball park!!! 🙂 ❤

  3. SLIMJIM says:

    May the fruit of our lives be a testimony to a lost and dying world, may we point people with word and DEEDS to our Savior….

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