Psalm 34:8 (New International Version)
Taste and see that the Lord is good.
What tastes better than a basket of sweet summer strawberries or cherries picked right off the tree? The fragrance of a sun-warmed peach can make our mouths water; the sweetness of a plump, juicy grape invites us to sample another, and another.
It seems no coincidence that God chose fruit as a metaphor for the work of the Holy Spirit in us. When I bring love and goodness and kindness and gentleness into my relationships, others taste the sweetness of God. Our Father gives us this good fruit for the benefit and nourishment of those around us. Indeed, as priests of our King, we have the honor and responsibility to bring the goodness of God’s kingdom into every circumstance and relationship we encounter.
Next time you are tempted to respond to an offense with harsh words or hurtful retaliation, ask yourself, What taste of God and his kingdom will my actions bring to this person—sweet or bitter?
FATHER, thank you for your sweet goodness. Help me to remember that as a royal priest and a member of your family, I am entrusted with helping others to learn more about You. Please take the bitterness out of my “fruit” and make my actions sweet and wholesome for the nourishment of others, even my adversaries.
Song of Songs 2:3; Galatians 5:22-23; 1 Peter 2:9
When has being forgiven brought sweetness into your life?