Each of us has a flavor of which comes out
Matthew 7:16: Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17: Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18: A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19: Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20: Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
Ever thought about what it is you produce daily? Each of us has a flavor to what comes out. A friend of mine has a perfume she has worn for years. It is her trademark, her flavor. Whenever she is around, you know she has been there. Some years ago I worked with an individual that flavored the room. Upon entering the workplace the entire atmosphere would become sour. Each of us has a flavor of what comes out. Another friend is vivacious and sparks excitement in whatever he does. By our fruit are we known.
For years, Greg had carried pains from his early years. Memories haunted him. At times he would accuse people of actions and motivations they never had. It was an unwelcome memory bursting out into distrust and accusation. It just wouldn’t shake. Now he was looking for forgiveness. He wanted to be free. He wanted to free himself from the flavor of the fruit of the past. So many times he had been betrayed. It had built a rage inside that needed to go away. It created a distance from others that needed healed. Greg was ready to change the flavor of his relationships and life. Maybe he could start with Jake. Maybe he could go back and start over.
ACT! Inspect your flavor. Are you goofy grape or excited orange? Are you passionate purple or negative needles? What is your flavor? Is it what Jesus wants your flavor to be?
PRAY! Father, help us flavor the day with Jesus. Grant us grace to give out Your sweet incense. Enable us to let others know that You have been in the place. Cause our fruit to come from the true vine, Jesus. Let only fruit from His life veins come out from us. Let our flavor be the scent of Your presence that men and women would come to You.
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