The Bible teaches us that we can judge a tree by the fruit it bears. The Bible was not talking about trees. It is speaking of people.
Be careful not to judge a person by what they ingest. Whether what they are ingesting is socially accepted or frowned upon by the law, their substance intake is not proof of the condition of their hearts. But our prejudicial and demeaning statements regarding them are sure evidence of the fruit of our souls.
“It is not the thing that enters the mouth that defiles a man, but the thing that proceeds from the mouth that defiles a man. Do you not understand that everything that goes into the mouth passes into the stomach, and is eliminated? But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders.” (Matt.15:11, 17-19)
Although the above scripture is about eating with unwashed hands, its principle truth cannot be denied nor changed regardless of the context.
It is dangerous and risky to judge the outward appearance or habits of a person without knowing the inner workings of that person, for in their heart the true worth and knowledge about that person may be found.
Would a physician make a diagnose (judgment) of liver disease without first thoroughly examining the liver via X-rays, MRIs and/or Ultra Sounds and other procedures that look inside the body and at the liver itself? The answer is “no.”
We as children of God need to learn to look deep into the root of a tree before determining that the tree is rotten and is of no worth and is therefore eligible for chopping down. We should not rush to judgment before we try to show nurturing love and caring compassion toward that tree; giving it every opportunity to thrive and produce. (Ref. 1 Samuel 16:7)
And Jesus told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none.And he said to the vinedresser, ‘Look, for three years now I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down. Why should it use up the ground?’ And he answered him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and put on manure. Then if it should bear fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’” (Luke 13:6-9)
Jesus was not speaking about fig trees.
Ask yourself these questions:
If God had judged me by what I was not producing before I was converted, would I still be here? Would I be doing as well as I am doing? Would I have the things that I now have? Would I have the success that I now enjoy? Would I be the person that I am today?
God looked beyond your inadequacies and saw your potential and gave you a chance. Who have you done that for lately or have you rushed to judgment and simply kicked them to the curve – chopping them down and ending their fruit bearing potential?