Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Coslett: the qualified gardener

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
    And he called the people to him and said to them, “Hear and understand: it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.” Then the disciples came and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?” He answered, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be rooted up.”
    —Matthew 15:10-13 (ESV)
    Unless we know the difference between flowers and weeds, we are not fit to take care of a garden.
    It is not enough to have truth planted in our minds. We must learn and labor to keep the ground clear of thorns and briars, follies and perversities, which have a wicked propensity to choke the word of life.
    ... Evan S. Coslett, Leaves of Gold, Clyde Francis Lytle, ed. [1948], Honesdale, Pa.: Coslett Publishing Company, 1938, p. 150 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 15:10-13; Isa. 60:21; Matt. 13:24-30,36-42; John 15:2,6; 1 Cor. 3:12-15
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, teach me to know the good plants in my heart.
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