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Taste Berries

Colossians 3:12-14, "God has chosen you and made you his holy people. He loves you. So you should always clothe yourselves with mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 Bear with each other, and forgive each other. If someone does wrong to you, forgive that person because the Lord forgave you. 14 Even more than all this, clothe yourself in love. Love is what holds you all together in perfect unity."

Berries can be delicious, yet there are those times when you eat a berry, that it leaves a sour taste in your mouth. Have you ever experienced that when you eat that berry you just find yourself screwing up your face and it's hard to get that taste out of your mind when you eat more of them? Well, Africa has a very pleasant berry called a Taste Berry. It gets its name because it makes everything you eat after it taste sweet and pleasing. Even if it's been several hours later you can still taste the pleasant flavor it offers.

Have you ever met someone who is just plain sour? To them the glass is always half empty and they find nothing to be grateful for. When in their company they can drain your joy with their sour countenance.

The Bible tells us to give thanks in everything and to count it joy even in our trials. This means God is telling us to be grateful whether we like it or not. Sure, it's easy to be grateful and happy when things are sweet in life and going well, yet our sour comes out when we don't get what we want, or the thorns are showing up in a life full of roses.

How nice it would be if we, as Christians, were like taste berries that makes everything sweet. We must choose to fill our hearts with gratitude so whatever comes our way will seem pleasant to us. Gratitude can change so much of our sour into sweet and pleasing. God tells us to give thanks in all circumstances because it will help us look beyond our immediate situation and trust God is leading our life, to serve a higher purpose. We can see how God is guiding us away from paths that could lead us astray or how He is refining us for salvation and helping us become more Christlike.

How about gifts we've been given, even the small things that happen to us each day. They may not be what we wanted or even desirable. Yet, when we remember to thank God in all things, we begin to see the gifts we are given are exactly what we need at that moment in our life.

Showing gratitude can also help someone in mourning or lighten the heavy burden someone may be carrying. Having a sweet countenance filled with gratitude can dispel loneliness and gives strength to a person who may be sick or has bad health issues.

We all should go to God asking for more of a grateful heart in all times, not just when it pleases us. In our good days thank God for the blessings big and small. In our bad days thank God for the opportunity to lean on His strength and look for even the smallest blessings, asking the Lord to show you what He is trying to teach us.

If we all keep the ‘taste berry’ of gratitude in our lives every day, life will be so much sweeter and pleasant.

Make it a top priority in your life to study God’s Word because there is power in it to change your life and help you become the person God wants you to be. And that’s the best possible life you can ever have! Prepare your heart. Talk to God about things you may need to confess, and enter your study time peacefully and without anything that may block you from receiving revelation during your study. Today let's read 2 Peter 2:1-10

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