It is August. This is the month when the fruit on the vine is examined and carefully pruned to make for the highest quality harvest. There can be an abundance of fruit, which produces a less-than-average quality of grape. What can be done? The answer is simple, but not so easy to do; Remove a portion of the grapes, so those which are left grow best.
This relates quite well to the new series we want to begin on The Fruit of the Spirit:
Galatians 5:22-23 says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”
Most of us have been married several years. (If you are a newlywed, congratulations, and by all means – don’t stop reading. This will apply to you soon enough.) In our years together we develop habits that may or may not be producing the quality marriage we had hoped for. We can assume an attitude of “it is what it is!”, or we can get busy doing the hard work necessary to change the fruit our marriage is producing.
The first thing to do is make an honest assessment of what’s growing in your vineyard.
- There may be weeds – sins that have taken root and not been dealt with;
- There may be too many grapes – busyness of life squeezing out the quality you had hoped for;
- There may be pests who have crept into your vineyard, whether uninvited or welcomed in – these are bad relationships which tear down your marriage, instead of building it up.
- There may be flood-like conditions or drought-like conditions – leaving the vines saturated with one thing or completely lacking what it needs to survive.
Whatever the condition of your vineyard, there is hope! But first, two important things are necessary: honesty and humility. It isn’t easy to take an objective look at your own vineyard. It is hard to admit the fruit you had hoped for isn’t there – yet. We say yet, because God has promised to complete the work He’s begun in us – this includes our marriage. We must be honest in our confession and humble to seek the help needed.
Won’t you join us as we walk through the vineyard?
Tomorrow we’ll introduce to you a couple who has been doing just this. Their vineyard was nearly destroyed, but today they are harvesting quite a crop! You will be inspired and motivated to change as the Holy Spirit brings things to light.