This morning I had to do a task that I hate: weeding our flower garden! Though I dread pulling weeds, I know that it is necessary to have a beautiful flower bed. Over the years I have learned one important lesson: If you do not pull out the root of the weed; the weeds will return! It takes more time and effort to make sure you have the “root of the problem.”
If you pull just the top of the weed, everything looks good but the problem has not been dealt with. I find that true in many people’s lives. They have been hurt deeply in the past and their spirit has been “damaged.” But instead of truly dealing with the real problem, they try to ignore it or convince themselves there is no problem. Matthew 18:15. This is often the reason churches have interpersonal conflicts.
“…Keep a sharp eye out for weeds of bitter discontent. A thistle or two gone to seed can ruin a whole garden in no time….” Hebrews 12:15 The Message.