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Several years ago I learned the art of grafting trees, specifically apple trees. If I go into an orchard, I'm pretty good at identifying which is an apple tree and which is a peach tree. But I only know with absolute certainty when those trees produce fruit. And here lies the principle of the Christian life; the fruit we bear demonstrates who we are. This is why the Bible can say we are saved by the grace of God, but judged by our works. Our works - or our actions - speak to who we really are. What is that old saying? "Actions speak louder than words."
We are saved by grace and as the grace of Jesus works in us, it changes us into a person who is naturally kind, because it is the fruit we bear. These acts of kindness become unconscious actions. How beautiful! Those who are being transformed into the likeness of Jesus do the works of Jesus and then He invites them home to be with Him eternally!
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