Many people today claim to be Christians. They go to church, read the Bible, and pray. But what happens when there is a conflict or a misunderstanding? How do they act then?

Let’s look at the story of Jesus and the fig tree. Jesus was walking along the road and stopped by a fig tree that had leaves on it. Seeing the leaves, Jesus went to pick a fig but alas, no fruit would be found. Jesus cursed the tree and it immediately withered up and died. (Matthew 21:18-20)

Moral of the story, just because someone claims to be a Christian and acts like a Christian, if they are not bearing fruit when it is needed, then one has to wonder. Bearing fruit means the fruit of the Spirit. Galatians 5:22 defines the fruit of the Spirit as “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” How misunderstandings are handled are the real test of being a Christian. If we can preserve our relationships in the midst of strife, that is bearing real godly fruit.

Are your relationships bearing fruit or are they withering and dying?

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