Look at the fruit and not the spines

Prickly Pear Cactus
Prickly Pear Cactus; photo by R. Shaw

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?

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