Weeding and Getting Rid of Sin

13th June 2012

This afternoon the sun shone for a few hours, so I took the opportunity to do some weeding in the garden. It had rained a lot over the past few weeks and the weeds had thrived. Some of the weeds came out easily as they had little roots, but others that I pulled out were well established and it took a lot of effort to remove them. At the end of the afternoon, it was satisfying to see the garden looking good and without weeds for now!

As I was thinking about this it got me to thinking about the Christian life. Our lives are like a garden and the weeds are the worldly influences and sins that take root in our lives. The weeds spring up, sometimes without us even realising. For example, one bad word spoken against a person can lead to another and before we know it we have a problem with speaking unkindly about others. Just as the weeds have grown gradually in the garden, so sins can develop in our lives and before we know it they have become deep rooted.

The good news though is there is hope. Just as I took the time to remove the weeds from the garden we can remove the sins from our lives. It just takes time. Time spend examining our hearts (2 Corinthians 13:5), asking God to show us areas in our lives that we need to change and asking for His help to change. By seeking God daily and reading his word we can stop the weeds from growing and stop our lives from becoming entangled by sin.

"Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting." Psalm 139:23-24


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