One day, after the roots had spread deep and wide, a small blade popped up in this beautiful heart. It seemed like breaking the surface imparted energy to the plant. It grew and grew. At the first, it was straight and tall and strong. Buds began to form on its branches and there promised to be much fruit.
What if this is your story? A seed has been planted in your heart and all your thoughts and habits have fed the little plant. It has taken root and is bearing fruit.
How would the story end?
And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace. James 3:18
Follow peace with all [men], and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; Hebrews 12:15
I've heard it said once that "A bitter person is like a porcupine: She may have a lot of good points, but you can't get near her."
I like this quote because sometimes we don't recognize bitterness in our life. But we can tell by our relationships. What do the people in my life gain by knowing me?
Joy? Help? Encouragement?
or is it Pain? Worry? Heavy Burdens?
Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Matthew 7:16-18
I am the vine, ye [are] the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. John 15:5