I don’t know about you but one of my favorite things about summer is the fruit! I love all the fresh farmers markets. You can get watermelons, peaches, strawberries, raspberries, cantaloupes…. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it! When the fruit is in season it is so vibrant, flavorful, and juicy. Like I said, it’s one of my favorite things. I think I could eat fruit all day and be totally satisfied.
I specifically remember I had gotten a bag full of peaches one day and oh man did they look perfect! I was so excited to go home and wash them so I could start eating them. I wasn’t sure if my husband was going to get any when he got home, that’s how excited I was!
I got home and washed each peach and when I took my first long awaited bite I was disgusted at what I had found. The peach was rotten on the inside. How could this be? It looked perfect on the outside! I’m picky about peaches in the first place, as you know they are either really good or really bad. I was sure this peach was a good one. But that bite proved me wrong. That day I had a chilling thought. I wonder what the fruit of my life would look like? Better bet, I wonder what the fruit of my life would taste like?
Romans 6:21 ESV “But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. (22) But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.” (23) for the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Was I allowing the seeds of my past to affect the harvest of my future? It’s so easy to read a scripture and think, “This doesn’t apply to me” or “I know better” but in reality I think so many of us think we have a farmers market of perfect, beautiful, vibrant, fruit when on the inside we have let jealousy, past hurts, bitterness, anger, doubt, questions, fear, and so many other things rot our fruit. It may look good on the outside but it’s dead on the inside.
My dear sister, this rotting is not the promise that God spoke over your life in Romans 6! He said we have been set free from sin and all the rotting fruit that comes with it. We now get to exchange all that for fresh fruit and eternal life!
Don’t go back to your old garden where the fruit may have looked okay but it was rotting inside. Choose the fresh vibrant garden that God has so freely given you. Don’t go back to those things that held you captive. When you feel those old feelings, start hearing those old thoughts, and those lies that were said over you start saying your name, simply say… “I reject that!”
You can go through life and no matter what it throws at you, no matter what rotten garden it may try to get you to revisit, you have the power to reject it. God promises me fresh fruit and eternal life in Romans 6.
And Today my beautiful friend I declare Psalm 92:14 over you!
That you will still bear fruit in your old age!
Have the most wonderful week and enjoy some fruit ;)
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