Jesus cautioned you not to judge a person as bad or good but for you to always discern or judge the spirits at work in the flesh of a person which motivate him or her. (Matthew 7:1-2; Matthew 7:15) Those works of the flesh are called the fruit of the flesh. Those fruits are either from Me or from hell and you can tell the difference by the attitudes, speech and actions of the flesh of a person.
The actions of their flesh which are from hell are the ones to which you should be very careful not to respond. They are sent to trick you into either agreeing with them and become like them, or they are sent to trick you into responding to them in anger and disgust which will cause you to become corrupted also. The secret to responding to the actions of a person from the flesh that come from hell in another person is to forgive the person, love the person but remove yourself from the presence of the fruit from hell, refusing to consume it or you will be corrupted.
When you go to the market to buy fruit to eat, you always look for the freshest fruits, the ones with good color, the ones that are not shriveled or rotten or partially eaten by pests. If you buy the rotten ones you endanger your own health. Yet, some of My children are not wise enough to reject rotten fruit pouring from the mouths of some of their teachers, religious leaders and politicians. They forget that I said that you will know the corrupt ones by the fruits of their attitudes, their words and their actions. My children often follow them right into the pit of destructive hell, becoming cursed in every area of their lives (Matthew 7:17-19) My gullible children often continue following them right into destruction because they have made religious or political saviors of the person displaying rotten fruit. I cannot save them from destruction if they have chosen another savior.
Jesus warned My children that you need to discern the attitudes, the speaking and the actions of people who claim to hear from me. If their fruit does not have the aroma of peace, the taste of mercy, the sounds of goodness and kindness, then they are not from Love and they are not from Me, no matter how many times the person calls me Lord, professes My name and produces miracles and healings. (Matthew 7: 22-23)
Twice in that lecture Jesus said that you will know them by their fruits. (Matthew 7:15-16; Matthew 7:20-23)) He was cautioning you that you need to discern the soundness of their self proclaimed righteousness and that you discern it by their fruits as led by My Holy Spirit.
The conclusion to that lecture by Jesus was his warning that if you do bind yourself to a person who says that I am his or her Lord and Savior but who has corrupt fruit that is contrary to love, then when rains of distress come and floods of destruction come upon you, your entire house will fall because you built your house upon a foundation of sand. You did not discern the corrupt fruit of the person who said he or she was speaking for Me.
Pray for the person from whose mouth the corruption poured, but do not eat the fruit of his or her corrupt tree or you will have the same end as that person, which is a house fallen and destroyed. (Matthew 7: 24-27)
Paul, as led by My Holy Spirit, amplified this teaching of Jesus. He said that you should not devour one another, should be not be bitter toward anyone, should not be divisive or sowers of strife. He said that corrupt fruit of the flesh will cause you to bite and devour one another and possibly be consumed by one another. My Holy Spirit identifies more fully the fruits of the flesh and the fruits of the Spirit.
He said that the people whose thoughts, attitudes, words and actions are of the good fruit of love, joy, peace, goodness, kindness, mercy, gentleness, patience, faithfulness and self control are the ones whose trees are sound and healthy. It is people with those fleshly attributes which you should accept and believe the words of their mouths. (Galatians 5:17-25)
People know Me by the fruit that My true children display to the world because they are My children who know Me intimately. When Jesus said that there are some people to whom He would say that He never knew them, He was referring to those people whose fruit is corrupt. (Matthew &;23) He never knew them because their outer character was corrupted by listening to religious teachers whose fruit was sour and rotten. They don't look like My true children who are displaying My righteousness to the world as the salt of the earth and the light on a hill.(Matthew 5:13-16)
Jesus told you to "beware" of people who say they speak for Me if their fruit is rotten because it comes from a corrupt tree. Sometimes they are in sheep's clothing but are ravenous wolves. (Matthew 7:25) You will be ravaged if you do not discern the rotten fruit of the flesh and retreat from it.
If attitudes, speaking and actions are not from love, they are not from Me. It's simple. I said faith, hope and love live on and on, but the greatest is love. (I Corinthians 13:13)
Your Father of Love