Matthew 7:16 You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles?
I like raspberry jam and cactus jelly. Both of these plants are tricky to harvest due to their spines. But both are worth an occasional prick to sample these tasty fruit.
I have also encountered people who present a prickly exterior. They are quick to find fault and slow to smile or give thanks. But when I show that I won’t give up easily, they too produce excellent fruit.
Some brambles and thistles produce tiny fruit or too many spines protect the seeds to justify the effort of harvesting them.
But I have yet to meet anyone who does not produce fruit demonstrating a kernel of the Holy Spirit within.
When have you found a sweet fruit produced by a prickly person?