Saturday, March 14th, 2020
The photo word for today is RIPE.
• fully grown and developed
• having mature knowledge, understanding, or judgment
Today’s word seemed difficult for me to grasp at first. The first and only thoughts that came to mind regarding, “ripe” was food items that have grown and are ready to be harvested. So I did what I typically do for inspiration, I googled images of RIPE. That’s where I got the idea of pictures of fall with leaves turning for the end of the growing cycle. Trees and leaves entering the final stage of their growth pattern and preparing for shedding, hibernation and renewal.
I still wasn’t completely satisfied so I continued my search and found a correlation that made sense to me. I hope you see the connection as well. The Bible offers many verses that speak about bearing fruit, being fruitful, being know by our fruits, and that one reaps, what is sewn I found a helpful article at: https://pcg.church/articles/2188/how-ripe-is-your-fruit
We read the words of Jesus in the verses below:
“You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles? In the same way, every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will know them by their fruits.
“My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.”
The Apostle Paul shares these words with us:
“Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow. If you sow to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh; but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life from the Spirit. So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up.”
“…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.”
Right now is our time to become ripe and mature, just as fruit does so we can be the individuals God created us to be. Each day, moment by moment we are to be learning, growing and maturing. We are meant to ripen!
“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.
Every tree that bringeth
not forth good fruit
is hewn down, and cast
into the fire.
Wherefore by their fruits
ye shall know them.”
King James Version
Deborah Ann Belka
ειρήνη – “Peace” in Greek, reference listed below.