HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
“ But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:” (Ephesians 4:15).
Harvest is a time of ripeness. Then the fruit and grain are fully developed, both in size and weight. Time has tempered the acid of the green fruit.
It has been mellowed and softened by the rains and the heat of summer. The sun has tinted it into rich colours, and at last, it is ready and ripe to fall into the hand. In some parts of the world, the fruits are harvested green and ripened under scientific conditions. Therefore, the fruits are not fresh but have that appearance of freshness. Do not be deceived.
So the Christian life ought to be. There are many things in life that need to be mellowed and ripened. Many Christians have orchards full of fruit, but they are all green and sharp to the taste. There is a great deal in them that is good, but it is incomplete and very sharp and sour. The Christians ought to be sweet in character and rich in the Spirit of God. Ripe and seasoned in the word of God for any occasion. Hallelujah
Perhaps something goes wrong in your domestic life, and you get flurried and cross and lose your confidence in God, and then, of course, your Christian joy. These things produce regret and all kinds of misery. We all passed that gate already but it didn’t take too long for us to recognize the problem and make the necessary change. We see it in our daily lives the behaviour of some in church and out, at home and on the street, even in the workplace.
There are many things day after day you are sorry for. You know you are not ripe and mellow and you cannot become so by trying. You cannot bring the sweetness in. It must be wrought out from within.
So, my brothers and sisters, fellow readers let that sweetness comes from inside out. We have just finished the series on the fruits of the Spirit and I want to encourage you this morning to go back to those messages and see what the Lord have in store you as we approach the end of this decade and in a few days start a new decade.