It's fair to say that weeding is not one of my favourite pastimes. There are so many other activities that I would prefer to do on a weekend!

And whilst I really don't enjoy weeding, I do enjoy the benefits that come from weeding.

When I keep on top of the weeds, I can cherish a beautiful weed-free garden! When I deal with the weeds, I can watch smaller plants flourish and grow into all that they can be! When I regularly deal with the weeds, I can spend more time relaxing in the garden and playing with my girls!

Weeding isn't easy... weeding isn't fun... but it is certainly worth the effort.

In a sense, Paul encourages us - in Colossians 3:5-11 (ESV) - to deal with any weeds that take root in our lives too:

"5 Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 On account of these the wrath of God is coming. 7 In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. 8 But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. 11 Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all."

Unlike physical weeds which are ours to deal with alone, God is keen to help us to put to death these kind of weeds.

I want to encourage you this week *|FNAME|*: invite God to show you where there are weeds growing in your life, and - with His help - put them to death.

It might be a painful process. No doubt it won't be easy, but there is no doubt that you will be so much healthier for doing this kind of gardening with God!


Ps Joel Hawting

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