The Useless Tree

Bible Reading: Luke 13:6-9
Thursday, September 3, 2015

The Useless TreeIn our Bible Reading today, Jesus told a story about a fig tree. For three years, the owner of the tree looked for fruit. But the tree did not produce any figs. The tree was useless. So the owner wanted to cut down the tree.

But the servant who took care of the tree said, “Master, let the tree have one more year to produce fruit. Let me dig up the dirt around it and fertilize it. Maybe the tree will have fruit on it next year” (verses 8b-9a). The servant was patient. He wanted to give the tree another chance to produce fruit.

God is very patient with us, too. That’s why He sent Jesus to die on the cross and pay the penalty for our sins. And that’s why He always gives us an opportunity to repent and ask for forgiveness.

When you sin, be sure to repent of that sin and ask God to forgive you. And don’t forget to thank Him for His wonderful love and patience. — PN*

“But if we confess our sins, God will forgive us. We can trust God to do this. He always does what is right. He makes us clean from all the wrong things we have done.” 1 John 1:9

PRAYER: Dear God, thank You for Your love, Your forgiveness and Your patience with me! In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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