The Spring rains have stopped. The weather pattern has turned dry and breezy with only occasional rain. For the gardener, this is the time to get the weeding done in a garden before the weeds get too far along. The weeds are still young and small. They creep up around the good plants. By now the good plants can easily be distinguished from the weeds. If the gardener neglects the weeds too long, the plants begin to be choked and will not yield but a puny crop, if they yield any crop at all.
So it is for the believer in Christ Jesus. Rain on the heart submitted to God brings birth then growth, but eventually the weeds of various sins can be found growing. They always do. So, a believer learns to begin weeding those sins early. The believer who does not do this will find the weeds of sin slowly strengthen and choke what was born. What was born pure becomes choked by something impure and unchecked.
Many gardens have been lost to weeds. Many hearts have been overtaken by weeds. If you desire a relationship with God that is healthy and growing, be willing to get on your knees and do something about the weeds you find in yours. The Holy Spirit is faithful to expose those things. He wants us to be fruitful and pure.
“…set and example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12b (NIV)
“For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world.” 1 John 2:16 (ESV)