The Master Gardener

“When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart.  This is he which received seed by the way side.  But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it.” Matthew 13:19-20 King James Version

When we accept Jesus as our personal Saviour, He plants the seed of unconditional love in our hearts.  As we yield to His control and let Him have His way in our hearts and lives, the seed of love that He planted grows and we start loving others unconditionally.

Jesus melts our cold and hardened hearts.  “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh” (Ezekiel 36:26, 27).  Thank God for Jesus, the Master Gardener.

One of the definitions for landscape gardener in Webster’s Dictionary is “a person who is engaged in the development and decorative planting of gardens and grounds”.  Jesus is engaged in the developing and decorative planting of our hearts.  It is the desire of His heart that we love one another unconditionally as He loves us.

I think sometimes we forget that not only does He want us to love unconditionally; He has commanded us to love one another unconditionally.  We would do well to remember that is is not an option to love unconditionally, it is a commandment.  Can we honestly say that we are loving others as He has commanded us to love them?

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