Apple On, Apple Off


Devotion: Romans 3:23

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.  I’ve heard that phrase at least a million times in my life.  We were made in the image of God; but we act like the parents from which we came.

Liz Curtis Higgs, in her book, “Bad Girls of the Bible,” tells the following story of her son Matthew, while he was in first grade.  His teacher was trying to teach her students right from wrong.  The following is a quote from this book.

On the wall in the back of the classroom was a floor-to-ceiling, construction-paper apple tree.  It didn’t look good to eat, but it was pleasing to the eye.  Each child had an apple with his or her name neatly printed on it, dangling from the tree for every small eye to see.

When -not if- a child misbehaved in class, the apple fell into a basket at the bottom and lived there the rest of the day.  Ugh. Serious peer pressure for a six-year-old.  The next morning all was forgiven and back on the tree went the apple.”

Liz would ask her son daily, did your apple say on the tree? Daily, he would reply “yes mama”.  One day he jumped into the car crying his eye balls out.  Immediately, Liz knew his apple fell down off the tree.

“We all sin and fall short of the glory of God,” either in thought, word or deed.  There is no one perfect except our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  There is hope for all “fallen apples.”

1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins; He is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

We serve a God who stands ready, waiting to forgive us our sin, all our sin.  We can be made whole and clean on the inside. Isn’t our God so good?  He not only takes away our sin and removes it as far as the east is from the west, but remembers it no more. He never brings it up again.  Some people hold onto “forever grudges.”  They will say, “Remember when you____________”. Our forgiving Father never does that!  Never!

Liz told that Matthew’s teacher would always place the dis-obedient child’s apple back on the tree by the next morning. That’s called GRACE.  God gives us renewed grace and mercy every single morning.  We are bathed in true forgiveness by our Lord Jesus.

Prayer in Motion:

Lord Jesus, thank You for grace and mercy, that is new every single morning.  Your grace is sufficient for every day.  I love You Lord and praise Your holy Name.  Amen





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