God wants to grow a beautiful garden in your heart, but–you must keep it free of the thorns and weeds that choke out all the goodness He has planted. In the parable of the sower, Jesus said:

Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. (Matthew‬ ‭13:7-8)

And what did Jesus say this meant? He said:

As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty. (Matthew‬ ‭13:22-23)‬‬

When we are born again, God’s seeds are planted in the garden of our heart. These seeds are supposed to grow into fruit-bearing plants to provide spiritual nourishment, strength, and God’s love for you and all those who enter your space. However, we often allow our garden to be overrun with the thorns of our enemies (Ephesians 2:2-3 identifies the three enemies) so that those who enter our garden leave it scratched, torn, hurt, and hungry.

The thorns in our garden choke out the fruit so there isn’t even enough fruit to feed us–and, certainly not enough for anyone else!

But, if we allow God, He makes our garden flourish.

When we are humbled by His immense mercy and love, it transforms our heart. We want to rip out the thorns that are choking the fruit. We recognize that  relationships with toxic people, and the garbage we invite in through our eyes and ears are all—planting more thorns. God’s presence is so good that we don’t want to allow ANY more thorns to be planted! And—the more ground we clear and good seeds we plant, the more fruit we grow. The more thorns we remove, the more sunlight reaches the seeds and—then, we grow the good fruit of the Spirit.

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” (Galatians‬ ‭5:22-23‬)

The more we yield to God, the more He transforms our heart into His garden of life so that all who enter are nourished and loved.

There’s nothing as sweet as the fruit of the Spirit which grows in God’s garden!

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