“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Matthew 13:24-30

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TODAY’S WORD…

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Jesus told them another parable:

“The Kingdom of heaven is like this.

A man sowed good seed in his field.

One night, when everyone was asleep,

an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away.

When the plants grew and the heads of grain began to form, then the weeds showed up.

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The man’s servants came to him and said,

‘Sir, it was good seed you sowed in your field; where did the weeds come from?’

‘It was some enemy who did this,’ he answered.

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‘Do you want us to go and pull up the weeds?’ they asked him.

‘No,’ he answered, ‘because as you gather the weeds you might pull up some of the wheat along with them.

Let the wheat and the weeds both grow together until harvest.

Then I will tell the harvest workers to pull up the weeds first, tie them in bundles and burn them,

and then to gather in the wheat and put it in my barn.’”

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– Matthew 13:24-30 (GNT)

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REFLECTION…

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Here is one way of looking at this parable:

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Any farmer who knows his business would quickly tell you

that allowing the weeds to grow with the wheat is a recipe for disaster.

But, in the Kingdom of heaven – which is now – where God is The Farmer,

He seems to permit the presence of what is bad

rather than have it immediately uprooted and burnt.

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Why?

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Just think about it this way:

look at yourself…

and consider whether there were times in your life

when “The Farmer” would have regarded you as “bad”.

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What if God had decided to pull you out and destroy you there and then…?

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The Kingdom of heaven is like this

– the Farmer of that Kingdom is wise and generous

and because He loves us all beyond our understanding,

He provides us with the opportunities to learn the Truth

and to move from being bad to becoming good.

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In the Kingdom of heaven, the weed can become wheat.

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REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…

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Thank You, Lord, for being so forgiving and so loving;

for giving me a chance…to change.

Thank You, O Lord, my God.

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