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I have some of the wild flowers pictured here growing in my garden. Although some of them have very tiny flowers, they are as beautiful in colour and detail as any plants found in the most formal gardens. Although wild flowers are not weeds they got me thinking about The Parable of the wheat and the tares (weeds), one of the stories Jesus told in the Holy Bible.
Wheat and weeds growing together. They look similar but they are very different!
Matthew 13:24-30 New International Version (NIV)
The Parable of the Weeds
24 Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field.
25 But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away.
26 When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.
27 “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’
28 “‘An enemy did this,’ he replied. “The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’
29 “‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them.
30 Let 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 my barn.’”
We sometimes say “why can’t God get rid of all the evil people in the world, then there would be no wickedness and there would be peace and love in the world?”
I believe that He doesn’t do this because He wants to give time for people to repent and turn from their wicked ways. When we realise how patient God has been with us, before we came to the time when we personally realised that we needed Jesus as our Saviour and Lord, then we realise that God desires all people to be saved and receive eternal life. Eternal life means we go to heaven when we die, but it also means a better life on earth also. We no longer live with emptiness; life has a purpose and there is an inner joy, love and peace which we can’t explain, especially when difficult times come in to our lives, but we know it’s there!
Meanwhile He causes our faith to grow and mature, especially in difficult times. Sometimes we learn even from wicked people! We learn how NOT to act or behave. We learn to treat all people gently and kindly, because we know the damage that is done when people are treated cruelly. We even (with great help from God) learn how to love our ‘enemies’! That does not mean we allow them to carry on harming us, but we learn how to leave them in peace and in God’s hands and not to retaliate or take revenge.
Proverbs 16 verse 7 King James Bible
When a man’s ways please the LORD, He maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.
God has perfect timing for all things and He has the entire world in complete control. If He acted too quickly, much of the good would be destroyed with the bad.
We have to realise that sin is anything that falls short of God’s perfection. So we are ALL guilty of sin! There is no such thing as a small sin or a huge sin in God’s eyes. So we all need to accept the forgiveness that God has provided for each one of us. That is, He allowed His sinless, perfect Son Jesus to shed His blood and die as a sacrifice for each one of us. In order to be ‘saved’ eternally, we have to personally accept this.
Jesus will accept and save anyone who asks Him. He doesn’t turn anyone away.
Some people accept Jesus when they are young and God calls them back when they stray in to the world too far. They haven’t ‘sinned’ greatly, but God prevents them from worshipping ‘the world’ too much.
Others don’t accept Jesus until they have lived many years and some have strayed in to crime, drugs, the occult etc. and ended up in prison or sleeping rough and finally come to their senses and ask Jesus to help them and save them.
He changes their lives completely and they become some of the most sincere and humble Christians. Margaret Mainwaring.
I recommend that you watch The Revelation TV Channel on Sky channel number 581 or Freesat channel 692 and Roku Box (UK and USA). You can also watch programmes on their website at http://www.revelationtv.com/ They are a Christian channel. They have live, interactive programmes, which are wonderful for people who are lonely and many programmes that help people learn about the love of God and how to live the Christian life. The presenters and guests make you feel that you are part of the Church family.
If you feel you need God in your life and you don’t know how to find Him and you feel alone, lost, guilty and frightened, I recommend the website from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association http://www.PeaceWithGod.net
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