Jesus said, “A tree is identified by its fruit. If a tree is good, its fruit will be good. If a tree is bad, its fruit will be bad. (Matt 12:33)
What Jesus was teaching here, is that there are things that can “make a tree good,” things which will cause a tree to produce its kind of fruit in abundance.
He taught that YOU determine what kind of tree it is by examining its fruit, examining what it produces.
What Jesus is NOT teaching is that you can change the kind of fruit a tree will produce.
No matter how much you try to “make a tree good” to enable it to produce its fruit, it will produce its kind of fruit, good or bad!
This is very insightful; it is only the good trees which will produce the good fruit, which contains within it the seeds to grow the next generation of good trees.
“Father, today help me to pay special attention to my situation. Help me to see how my relationships are either helping me to grow or hindering my growth. Please help me to form my understanding of what I need to do in an environment that helps me to become all who desire me to be! Amen.”