Tending the Orchard

Delicious fruit requires knowledge, effort and care. God’s orchard requires the same things. However, God’s fruit is unique and distinct from all other fruit. In fact, the first fruit is what brings about all the other fruit. What fruit is that? For many, it wouldn’t even be recognized as a fruit. Simply stated, it is “love!” Those who have Jesus as their Savior and Lord would believe love to be fruit. In Galatians 5:22, Paul explains: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love.” We believe this but……do we have the knowledge, will we make the effort, and take care of this fruit? To say that we are loved and that we love can be only a statement of something that we assume to be true, but without actually being experienced. The first step in loving and being loved is taking a long, hard, deep look at how much He loved and loves us. When was the last time we really thought deeply on what His love for us caused Him to suffer? When have we thought on what agony that He endured to save us from the penalty that we deserved? This requires time, deep thought, and really getting to comprehend what moved Him to pay such a price and coming to respond to such love with intense gratitude, love for Him and worship. “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross,”- by Isaac Watts can give us insight into Jesus’ love and how to respond: “When I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of glory died, my richest gain I count but loss, and pour contempt on all my pride. Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast save in the death of Christ, my God! All the vain things that charm me most, I sacrifice them to His blood. See, from His head, His hands, His feet, sorrow and love flow mingled down. Did e’er such love and sorrow meet, or thorns compose so rich a crown? Were the whole realm of nature mine, that were a present far too small. Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.” Selah! Quality time, consistently given to really knowing Him, will draw our hearts to Him, in worshipful adoration and the fruit of love will bless us and others.    Ron

Questions? E-Mail me at knowingtheway1@gmail.com

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One thought on “Tending the Orchard

  1. A good one, Ron. I am way behind on these – between my internet being out for so long – and so much time spent in ‘Pitlock working on there 2 new pellet boilers.

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