The Tree and its Fruit

One of the clearest lessons taught by the Master is that of the tree and its fruit. Simply and directly he said, "Every good tree bringeth forth good fruit;" and his query, "Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?" defines clearly the impossibility of an effect being unlike its cause. The fact that like produces like, and that an effect must, by reason of inevitable law, manifest the nature of its cause, obtains just as surely in mental and moral matters as in the physical realm.

The fruit of a good tree cannot be other than good, under normal conditions of growth and fruitage, and in like manner the fruit of a good life bears witness to the soundness of its roots and the sweetness of its heart. That which is wholesome in origin and nature, will be fair and attractive to its utmost development.

True Gratitude
May 7, 1904

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