The Ripple Effect


As individuals we have free choice, those choices can determine the difference between good or bad fruit (Matthew 7:17-20). The definition of “the ripple effect” is a spreading effect or series of consequences caused by a single action or event. (“Ripple Effect”) This put together means that you determine whether you make a good or bad impact on the world around you.

Every day we make small and big decisions ultimately moving us towards our goals and Gods goals for our lives. God gave us the freedom of choice, which means we determine whether they are good or bad. We have the choice to walk out the door right now and go kill someone; we also have the choice to pray for a friend or even just make someone smile.

(Matthew 7:17-20) he explains that good trees provide good fruit and bad trees produce bad fruit. We are the trees if we are good and want goodness; we provide good fruit or works. However, if we do bad things and are bad, we produce bad fruit or works. A good tree will not produce bad fruit and a bad tree will not produce good fruit. And bad fruit producing trees get cut down and thrown in the fire (hell).

In an even simpler way to explain, if you are a good person, who seeks what is good and wants to do good works, you are most likely not going to go kill or steal. If you are a bad tree and enjoy evil or bad works, you are most likely not going to give to the homeless or do any other good deeds. This shows what kind of person you are through what fruit you produce or works you do.

Sometimes it is hard to tell what kind of person someone is, whether they are good or bad. Some will fool you, and make you think they are a good person who believes and do well, but then inside of them doesn’t match up. There are situations where you will run into the followers of the law, and they are so strict with you, but then turn around and do the same. Other times people will act or fake their strong faith, and then speak death from their mouth and cut you down.
One important thing to remember is that no one is perfect and that it is not our right to judge. (Matthew 7:1-5) We are to forgive, pray for, and let go, instead of judge, gossip or condemn.

You cannot change other people or make them see their faults, just know God knows what he is doing, and pray for them. Giving encouragement and showing them God’s love as much as possible. Remember it is written, “A gentle word turn away wrath” (Proverbs 15:1) we often feel that those people do not deserve our love, attention or even a smile. It is not up to us to determine what they deserve; we were commanded to love our neighbor. Not just the ones who give us love, not just the kind people, but the ones that we do not want to love.
Some Supporting Love Verses

Matthew 5:43-48
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Luke 6:27-36
27 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. 30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.
32 If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full.35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

John 13:34-35
34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

1 Corinthians 13 (Biblical Definition of Love)
13 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child; I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Tabitha Graham

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