Monday, January 13, 2014

THE IMPORTANCE OF GOOD ROOTS

English: Root of the problem This is the cause...
English: Root of the problem This is the cause of so much damage done to the lock. Roots. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
A PLANT IS ONLY AS STRONG AS ITS ROOTS. Whether we are discussing a redwood tree or a rose bush, a good root system is vital to the growth of the plant. Even if the leaves look green and buds are appearing, without a nutriment-grabbing root system the plant is doomed to fail.

Last week I wrote that we were going to take a few weeks to look at the Fruit of the Spirit from Galatians 5:22-23. The first fruit listed is that of LOVE. Some Biblical scholars believe that the fruit of LOVE should better be seen as the fruit and the other fruit listed are but aspects of LOVE. I would like to take this idea a little deeper and suggest that LOVE is the very tree, with its root system, that provides what is needed so that the rest of the sweet-tasting fruit can grow forth in abundance.

Therefore, we need to ask the question, “How can we develop the best root system possible, so that the fruit can fully develop?” The answer is found by digging a little deeper.  A strong tree needs strong roots and those roots must find themselves situated in good soil.  Allow me to suggest what is needed for good soil.

First, in order for our fruit-bearing tree to be one of LOVE we must be grounded in love itself.  The Word of God tells us that, “God is love,” (1 John 4:8) and “We love because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:19) So, to the extent that we receive the love God has for us and live in that love, the Holy Spirit will be able to bring forth the fruit that displays His presence.

Second, our roots need not only be well-grounded, they must be well-watered.  This watering comes from being situated by the stream of living water which, as the psalmist describes to us, is the Word of God.  Psalm 1:3 says of those who delight and meditate upon the Word of God,

They are like a tree planted by streams of living water,
Which yields fruit in its season and whose leaf does not wither –
Whatever they do prospers.

Therefore, let us live in the midst of God’s love, drawing deep from the waters of His Word and let us produce the fruit that comes from righteousness. (Philippians 1:10-11)
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