Kid’s Devotionals On Parables – Good Fruit Versus Bad Fruit

Good Fruit

Jesus told a parable (story) about the result of good and bad teaching using the example of good and bad fruit. What did he mean by this? (Matthew 7:16-20)

One day Jesus was teaching His followers about false teachers and the result of their teaching.

Ask the children…

How can you tell if it is a false prophet speaking?

“‘You can identify them (false prophets) by their fruit, that is, by the way they act.'” (Matthew 7:16)

And what will the actions be like of a false prophet compared to a true prophet? 

“‘A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit.'”  (Matthew 7:17)

The fruit of a person’s life are their actions.  No matter what they say, how they act will show what they truly believe.  It is like a fruit true.  If it is a healthy tree, the fruit will be healthy, but if it is an unhealthy tree, the fruit will be unhealthy. 

Ask the children if they can describe healthy and unheathly trees they have seen?  Maybe you have some in your yard or neighborhood.  Ask them if they know anyone who says one thing but lives entirely different from what they say?  Ask them if they sometimes say one thing but do another?  Talk to God together about that and ask that they can be true in word and actions. 

Feel free to share your own stories below in the comments section.

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