Man, there is such a difference eating fresh fruit and vegetables versus grabbing the canned versions from the pantry. Pam cooks a wonderful, tasty, and healthy chicken and broccoli casserole. Usually, the chicken has just been freshly thawed and the broccoli is crisp and unprocessed. Being a recovering glutton, I could eat the whole casserole in one setting! Sometimes, to use up what’s in the pantry, Pam will sub canned chicken into the casserole. I can taste the difference! To my palate, it is not nearly as delicious. She has committed to serve the fresh and not canned version. Thank God Pam looks past my selfishness and loves me anyway! 😊
How often do we go into a day serving up “canned not fresh love.” It is love that is not savory, delectable, or delicious to the recipient but is old and stale.
I thank God that Jesus serves up fresh love every day. Lamentations 3:22-24 is “delicious”, “22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;his mercies never come to an end; 23 they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul.” My soul greatly desires a portion of His love and mercies which are faithfully served fresh every day. My soul daily says, “Yum!”
Look at this “luscious” verse instructing us to serve up daily, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen” (Ephesians 4:29). Serve up words that are “whole” and fresh daily that are healthy and beneficial to the listener.
We are called to spread the smell of fresh love wherever we go in this dark, unwholesome, “canned” world, “But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere” (2 Corinthians 2:14). God’s children should behave like Jesus and spread fresh, vital love wherever we go.
Listen to this “sweet” verse in reference to God, “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” (Psalm 119:103). We are instructed in the New Testament to love others as Christ loved us. Hopefully, the people around us sense the sweetness and freshness of our words.
Our greatest opportunity to impact this world especially the ones closest to us comes from healthy, wholesome words from our mouths and actions. Let’s serve up “fresh not canned love to others” daily.