ROSES AND THORNS

  Jesus told the parable of the weeds as recorded in Matthew 13:24-31.  It is the story of weeds being sown among the wheat.  The wheat and weeds grow up together. The servants want to go into the field and pull up the weeds.  But, the Master told them not to do this because when you pull up the weeds you may pull up the wheat. “Let them both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into the barn.” 
We want to judge.  We want to decide who should grow and who should die.  Destiny of the soul of people is not for us to decide. That is God’s business and His alone. He decides the saved and the lost.

  This made me think of this article that came to my attention from Author Unknown:  ROSES AND THORNS.  
“A certain man planted a rose and watered it faithfully, and before it blossomed, he examined it.  He saw the bud that would soon blossom and  also the thorns.  And he thought, “How can any beautiful flower come from a plant burdened with so many sharp thorns?”  Saddened by this thought he neglected to water the rose, and before it was ready to bloom, it died. 

  So it is with many people.  Within every soul there is a rose. The God-like qualities planted in us at birth grow amid the thorns of our faults.  Many of us look at ourselves and see only the thorns, the defects.  We despair thinking that nothing good can possibly come from us.  We neglect to water the good within us, and eventually it dies.  We never realize our potential.

  Some people do not see the rose within themselves; someone else must show it to them.

  One of the greatest gifts a person can possess is to be able to reach past the thorns and find the rose within others.  This is the characteristic of love, to look at a person, and knowing his faults, recognize the nobility in his soul, and help him realize that he can overcome his faults.  If we show him the rose, he will conquer the thorns.

  Our duty in this world is to help others by showing them their roses and not their thorns.  Only then can we achieve the love we should feel for each other; only then can we bloom in our own garden.”

  Jesus said in John 13:34-35 as translated in the Living Bible: “And so I am giving a new commandment to you now-love each other just as much as I love you.  Your strong love for each other will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” 

  I learned a little verse: “There is a little bad in the best of us and a little good in the worst of us, so it does not behove any of us to speak ill of the rest of us.”

4 Responses to “ROSES AND THORNS”

  1. Max another beautiful devotional, This is my prayer: That I will become all God wants me to be. What a Savior we have that sees us with all of our faults and loves us still. I am going to try to Love as Jesus Loves. With the help of the Holy Spirit, I can. Thank you for helping me to grow in His Word each day.
    Love and Prayers, Joann

  2. What a great message! I often try to equip others by making what I think is better. Even if I see what a believe is a thorn, I try to fix it. Stop doing that! It is better to encourage others and do not show others how to correct their lives.

  3. Bro. Max…this may be our biggest problem in life…i.e. not forgiving ourselves of the thorns even while knowing God has forgiven and no longer remembers them. And, it can limit our potential for doing good. Your advice to water the rose despite its thorns is “right on”. We owe that to ourselves, to others in our life and certainly to God. Thanks for help with beginning another new week…..

  4. Thanks for the devotion Max! Thought provoking!

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