Weeding Lessons

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We were talking to a landscaper, and E. asked him about getting rid of weeds in flower beds. She had been pulling them by hand. That worked for a while, but days later the weeds would return, with a vengeance after rain. It is also a very tiring, back-breaking job. At first he joked and said, “Pour boiling water over them, that should kill them!” Then he added, “In flower beds, cover them with mulch, or even newspaper. That blocks out the sunlight and photosynthesis. No food, no life. You starve them to death.”

It reminds me of why so often Christians are not successful in dealing with sin. We put on Christ to become a new creation, but we don’t put off the old way of life and crucify it to death:

Eph 4:22, 24 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
• Col 3:9-10 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.

We keep going back to the former habits, feeding them so they continue to grow. No wonder we are powerless. Starve the desires and they will die. We can be victorious, if we do it the biblical way.

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