Sweet Cherries

I love fresh cherries so I bought a bag this week on sale at my neighborhood grocery store. I’m almost finished with the bag but I’ve reached a disappointing conclusion. The cherries look great on the outside, but they are not sweet. Cherries are supposed to be sweet! You don’t know whether or not they are until you pop one in your mouth.

We can have something in common with my bag of cheeries. We look great on the outside, like a well put together Christian, but on the inside (where it really counts) we are not always sweet. Someone has a conversation with us and what comes out is filthy language, a coarse joke, anger, or a put-down at someone else’s expense.  James 3:10 says, Blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right.

The culture expects card-carrying Christians to model what we believe, for the  “walk” to match the “talk.” Jesus said, “By this shall all men know that you are my disciples because you love one another.” Um…known by love, not church attendance. Known by love, not the cross necklace.  By God’s grace and power, we can produce this kind of distinctive fragrance wherever we go.

I love how Elisabeth Elliot approaches the goal:  “I pray I’m the person that you think I am.”

Let’s strive to be sweetly saved.


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