Do hard times make you disagreeable?

I’ve been thinking (dreaming) fruits and vegetables!

Small wonder, since my husband and I have started a business to help Indian farmers to market organic farm produce in the city. All this to say that this has caused (and more likely will cause) some of my metaphors to tilt towards the ‘natural’ : )

So…..yesterday my mind was firing in more random directions as usual. Generally when I’m tired this tends to happen, along with getting more clumsy and more angry than usual – anyone identify?! : )

Anyway, while I was in this state, my thoughts drifted to a certain person who has been giving us a bit of a hard time and it caused me then to think about how his behaviour was explained away to me. It was said of him, “Actually he’s a nice man, but because he has fallen on hard times, he’s behaving this way.” As I somewhat irritably processed this justification for his recent actions, I found myself thinking – “One doesn’t become disagreeable because of hard times! The ‘seed’ must have always been there! An orange seed doesn’t produce apples, does it?!! The disagreeable seed just manifested its ‘disagreeability’ given the right ‘stimulus’! ”

Voila!! As soon as I thought that, the ‘curtains’ parted and Truth revealed Himself to me again! This is what Jesus said -“You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? “So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit.  “A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit.” As is so often the case God used a moment of outward accusation to teach me something about the state of my own heart!

Trees are the outward representation of the hidden seed! Yes, orange seeds cannot produce apple trees and apple seeds cannot produce oranges, and so also the seed of our old, corrupt, self-driven natures cannot produce the righteous and good life that God desires! BUT…and oh! thank God for this!! – I am a new seed!

I’ve been making that same old mistake for the millionth time over – the mistake of trying to manage the tree ( behaviour) instead of ‘watering’ the seed! There’s no point ‘trimming’ behaviour; sooner or later it’s going to sprout ugly, unwieldly branches in accordance with its seed!

What you and I desperately need is a brand new seed that grows into a brand new tree and that’s exactly what God has given us! For….if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

And for the rest of the day, I watered that seed by bringing it to mind every now and again …especially the word ‘CAN NOT”..a bad seed CAN NOT produce good seed and vice versa” My tired efforts need to receive that word – “CAN NOT!”

Remind me of this if I fall away : ) – especially when I’m being disagreeable about someone else’s disagreeability!! heh heh.

3 thoughts on “Do hard times make you disagreeable?”

  1. The Story Of Two dogs

    You have stripped off your old evil nature and all its wicked deeds. In its place you have clothed yourselves with a brand-new nature that is continually being renewed as you learn more and more about Christ, who created this new nature within you (Colossians 3:9-10).

    Dear friends:

    A Native-American Christian went to a missionary for counsel. He was very much troubled by the spiritual conflict going on within his heart. He wanted to do what God wanted him to do, but he was frequently disobeying God. He found that he was prone to do evil things, even as he did before he became a Christian.

    The native described this conflict within himself as a dogfight. He said to the missionary, “It is as though I have a black dog and a white dog inside me fighting each other constantly.” The black dog, he explained, represented evil and the white dog represented good.

    The missionary asked him, “Which dog wins the fight within you?”

    After several moments of silence, the native said, “The dog that wins is the one I feed and the dog that loses is the one I starve.”

    A person can either feed or starve the carnal nature or the spiritual nature. One will win and one will lose. Man has a free will; he is a free moral agent. As such, he can decide, even as a Spirit-filled Christian, whether he will obey the dictate of the flesh or the leading of the Spirit. Whether he lives a consistent, Spirit-filled life is determined by the frequency with which he says “yes” to the leading of the Spirit and “no” to the temptations of the flesh.

    For the Christian, the old sin nature, if not properly dealt with, can become a major hindrance to living supernaturally. A Christian who, for any variety of reasons, does not properly deal with his old sin nature is said to be living in a state of carnality, or worldliness.

    Such a carnal Christian is usually a miserable person — even more miserable than the nonbeliever.

    Some or all of the following traits may characterize the carnal Christian: ignorance of spiritual heritage, unbelief, disobedience, loss of love for God and for others, poor prayer life, no desire for Bible study, legalistic attitude, impure thoughts, jealousy, guilt, worry, discouragement, critical spirit, frustration, and aimlessness.

    The way to overcome these carnal traits is to be filled — continually controlled by — the Holy Spirit.

    We are filled by the Holy Spirit by faith, based on His command, recorded in Ephesians 5:18, and His promise, recorded in 1 John 5:14, 15.
    Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
    Bill Bright


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