He then goes on to instruct them that what is inside will be manifested on the outside…”a good person out of the goodness in their heart produces good…just as a rotten tree produces rotten fruit and a good tree produces good fruit. Jesus instructs them that the goodness or the rot of the heart will show forth in a person’s speech.
It seems that in our age we do not value truth in speech, we find it hard to trust the words of political leaders, church leaders, our newscasters; they often say one thing but do another. Most of the time we are able to spot dishonesty and the lack of integrity in someone’s words and none of us likes to be deceived. Just as Jesus called his disciples to reflect on how quick they are to judge others so we too have the opportunity to remove the log from our eye in order that we might be able to remove the splinter from our neighbor’s eye.
And as we prepare for the season of Lent we can begin to reflect on what is the fruit that our lives bear? How quick am I to show mercy and forgiveness to those who have wronged me or hurt me?