15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.” (Matthew 7:15-20)
As we consider the Discipline of Counsel it is difficult to avoid concerns related to getting advice from the “wrong” people. This is obviously a legitimate area of concern and spiritual discernment is required. Jesus recognized this issue and provides an interesting perspective.
Please carefully read the passage above and answer the questions below.
- Do you find it difficult to decide who you should seek counsel from?
- How can Jesus’ warning in the passage help you to decide who to accept counsel from?