God created us to interact with one another…
God created us to observe one another…
Some interactions last longer than others….those are relationships.
Some interactions changed us…changed our lives.
Some of our interactions and observations have changed us for the better.
Even some one-time interactions/observations have changed us for the better.
When it comes to our spiritual life, if we have accepted Christ as Lord and Savior, we are all someone’s GOOD FRUIT. It could be a parent, grandparent, preacher or stranger…we’re all someone’s fruit…that’s a good change.
John 15:8 (NKJV)
8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.
However, some interactions have NOT been beneficial to us…they have changed us for the worse.
Can you think of someone that makes you changed for the better? When you’re honest with yourself, you’re a better person because you know them… because you knew them…because you met them…because you saw them…because you heard them.
You may have never even met them, but something they said, or did affected you…changed you for the better.
Now, can you think of someone that changed you for the worse? When you’re honest with yourself, you would have been better off if you had never known them…met them…saw them…heard them.
Here’s where it gets real. Here’s your self-check.
Whose better off if they never met, heard or saw you?
Why? How did you change them?
This is how we learn what we really need to CHANGE about ourselves.
2 Corinthians 13:5 (NKJV)
5 Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified.
I’ve said this before…we have given some of our haters a reason to feel, ‘some kind of way’ about us.
Be careful how YOU change others.