A Harvest Of Righteousness

June 4, 2020
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1 John 3:16a – This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. (NIV)

My husband John and I farmed for many years. Each summer, we grew a huge garden. We had a small greenhouse to start some vegetables early. I loved to be out in the garden to weed and watch things grow. Seeds were planted and patience was needed to see what sprouted. As caretaker of the garden, I had to get rid of weeds that can choke out the vegetables. We ate very well, and we always had plenty to give away to family, friends, neighbours, and the needy.

I learned many spiritual lessons in my garden. One thing is that farming is a profession that is really dependent on the goodness of God. The growth of crops needs good weather with a balance of sun, water, and length of season.

Another thing is that no matter what is planted, the seed must give up its life to produce a harvest. As disciples of Christ, it is important to die to our old self.

John 12:24 – I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies it produces many seeds. (NIV)

A third thing is that words, either spoken or written, can be like seeds.

James 3:18 – Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness. (NIV)

These days, it is very easy to criticize those who are trying to keep us safe and well. Most days, we talk to neighbours, friends, and family via social media. Do we watch what we say, or do we find fault to the point of influencing wrong thoughts in the listener?

May our tongues be pure in speech and encourage family, neighbours, and friends. May God help us to sow peace in the midst of turmoil so that we may be an encouragement to others, with words that reap the benefits of love and righteousness in our homes, communities, and beyond. May God help us all to be an influence for right living in the ones with whom we come in contact.

Prayer: Our heavenly Father, we bow in Your presence to ask that we would allow You to control our tongues to sow peace. May we use words of encouragement. Help our faith to stay strong as we live through our country's present turmoil. Strengthen us through the living hope found in Jesus Christ. Amen.


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Elliot Lake, Ontario, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Well said. Thanks.


    Well said Ruth. Blessings.


    Thanks for the encouraging words, Ruth.


    A great reminder for us all. Thanks, and God bless, Ruth!


    Thank you so much. Your sharing is so good. Keep on in Christ Jesus.


    Amen Ruth, well said and very relevant.
    Blessings.


    Thanks, Ruth, for sharing this thought-provoking devotional with us. Blessings.


    Thanks, Ruth for an excellent challenge today.
    We hope you will keep writing.


    Thanks, Ruth for a timely and well-written devotional this morning. Helps me. Great scripture references.


    Thanks, Ruth, for these encouraging words about our words. So much is said today that should be left unsaid.


    Thanks for sharing Ruth. This is a balanced message. God bless you, the works of your hands and ministry in Jesus name.


    Ruth, how well you followed through on the gardening/farming illustrations to bolster our daily journey with Christ. Thanks for your faithfulness.


    Thank you, Ruth, for your devotional this morning. We live on a cattle ranch and are surrounded by likeminded people. Appreciate your analogy and good words.
    (TX)


    Hi Ruth – thank you for such a powerful message. I benefitted from your wise advice when my mother was alive and here you are doing it again.
    May God continue to bless you.


    Thank you for the devotional Ruth. Read through it twice after I saw who sent it in. Took me a minute to put together the name. I hope you are well and managing through our trying times. Take care and stay safe.


    Greetings Ruth,
    Many thanks for your devotional this morning. At this present time, it is more important than ever to use our tongue for encouraging, hopeful words and not for words that cause further anxiety or disdain. Words truly have an immediate impact on our thoughts and actions so definitely need to be expressed very carefully and thoughtfully.
    Blessings to you for writing.
    (B.C.)


    Dear Ruth,
    Thank you for these words of guidance.
    “May our tongues be pure in speech and encourage family, neighbours, and friends. May God help us to sow peace in the midst of turmoil so that we may be an encouragement to others, with words that reap the benefits of love and righteousness in our homes, communities, and beyond. May God help us all to be an influence for right living in the ones with whom we come in contact.”
    Keep writing.


    Well stated, Ruth!
    I loved how you tied the Scripture with the lessons from gardening and our words! At this time of year especially, I think we can relate so easily when we are planting ‘seeds’.
    Thanks for these vivid reminders of guarding our words.
    Blessings to you.

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