The Barbs of Sin

I visited my family in Ireland a while back. My husband and I planned to sightsee during the trip. As we strolled down a country lane in a rural area of Ireland, we came across a beautiful, old tree. How long had the tree stood there, I wondered. Carved initials in the trunk marked memories of visits by those in love. As I studied the tree, I noticed something different. A section of barbed wire entangled and dug deep into the trunk of the ancient tree.

That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither– whatever they do prospers.

Psalm 1:3

The wire snarled around the base. I guessed a wire fence once surrounded the tree years. Maybe back when it was just a sapling. Over the years, as the tree grew, the trunk grew past the fencing. The tree could not escape the barbed wire, so it just grew up around it. We finished our walk and headed off to the next event.

Symbolism

Over the next few days, my thoughts drifted back to the tree. I glanced at the photo of the tree many times. Why did this tree fascinate me so much? I felt the Holy Spirit nudging me to dig deeper to find out what God wanted to reveal to me. For a long time, I could not figure it out.

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Soon, I realized the tree represented man. After birth, we become part of a family. Our family roots anchor us. As we grow, people come into our lives and write their names on our hearts, which is like those on the tree’s trunk. Sometimes, we need to be pruned of dead or rotten parts so that we can continue to grow tall and strong. Even though pruning can be painful, it improves our growth and makes us healthier. When we are old, our bodies resemble the old trunk of the tree, knotted and scarred.

Barbs of Sins

But what does the barbed wire on the tree trunk represent? I recognized the barbed wire depicted sin in our lives. When young, we see this sin all around us. Like the fence, our families surround us to protect us. They take us to church to learn about Christ and His love for us. And, they hope we will learn right from wrong and how to avoid sin in our lives. But, as we grow, sin creeps closer until it finally reaches our trunk.

The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and the one who is wise saves lives.

Proverbs 11:30

Sin entangles us just a little at first. We tell the first little lie at school, and the barbed wire tightens around our trunk. Next, we find ourselves cheating on our taxes. The barbed wire tightens and cuts deeper with each sin. Some people try drugs or alcohol to escape reality. They become hooked, and the wire embeds itself deeper. Soon, we can’t separate the trunk of our lives from the barbed wire of sin entangling us.

The Gardner

One day we realize our sins have entangled our lives to the point we cannot fix it by ourselves. We need Jesus, the master gardener, to help us. We need Him to prune us until we can reclaim our lives from the grasp of sin. Some of our sins become so entrenched that we never get rid of them entirely. Sometimes, God leaves a piece of the wire buried in our trunk, so we keep turning to Him. Some sins leave deep scars, but God helps us overcome those also.

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Only when we accept Christ and confess our sins can the healing begin. Only He can trim sin out of our trunks and put us on the road to healing and happiness. Even if some of the barbwire remains, God lifts us and gives us that passes all human understanding. He does not promise an easy or painless path, but He does promise us peace and life eternal. We need to turn our sins over to Him daily.

Blessings,

Yvonne M Morgan, #Blogger, #Speaker, #Writer

Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

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22 thoughts on “The Barbs of Sin

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Amen and thanks for your comments. God bless.

  1. mimionlife – Writer of inspirational messages, sometimes laced with humor.
    mimionlife

    I love your statement “We need Jesus, the Master Gardener, to help us.” Amen. We need Him in every moment.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Yes we do. We sometimes forget that we need pruning to help us grow too. Thanks and God bless.

  2. Melinda Viergever Inman – earth – Raised on the Oklahoma plains in a storytelling family, Melinda now spins tales from her writer's cave in the South. Her fiction illustrates our human story, wrestling with our brokenness and the storms that wreak havoc in our lives. Find her at http://melindainman.com.
    Melinda Viergever Inman

    The trimming and the pruning is so essential! That sin digs in deep and sinks its barbs into us. I’m glad you mentioned that some may remain the rest of our lives, because I believe most, if not all, of us have besetting sins. Often we don’t recognize them. They may be pride, selfishness, grumbling, etc. These are “unseen,” yet evident in all we do. Maybe it’s “merely” habitual discouragement, rather than rejoicing in the Lord. That barbed wire digs deep. Only Jesus can heal us. Great post, Yvonne!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      You are so very correct Melinda. Thanks for visiting and commenting. God bless

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Amen and thanks Beth. God bless.

  3. Unmasking the Mess – I'm a wife, mother, writer and Jesus follower. I make a lot of messes or seem to get into messes. I honestly admit that I need help from God every day. Unmask the mess with me and find out why messes might be good.
    Unmasking the Mess

    Great post! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks and God bless

  4. Stephen – Maine – Stephen, an Air Force veteran, runs a ministry called Friends Helping Friends, which reaches out to communities with food distribution, youth ministering and the Word of God. He wrote his first published book in 2010 and followed with a study guide for his book in 2011 titled "Acts the Next Generation". In 2011 he graduated from the Apostolic Training Ministry School where he now teaches his course, "Acts the Next Generation" as well as Adult Bible Study. He is a licensed Minster through Celebration Center in Fort Fairfield Maine and his goal will always be to continue to show the world Christ through his walk each day. Stephen and Barbara Lewis have been married since 1991 and have a heart for the Lord and love blessing others physically and spiritually. They live in Maine and have two wonderful children Samantha and Steven, A wonderful daughter In Law Victoria, as well as one Grandchild Xavier whom they Love all of them dearly.
    Stephen

    You have a way with words Sister, absolutely powerful message! Thank you for your Post, makes me definitely thank God for saving my life through Jesus. God Bless You Sister!!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thank you Stephen. I really appreciate the feedback. I am so thyHe saved all of us. God bless.

  5. Nancy E. Head – United States – Writer and teacher Nancy E. Head was a single mother with five children under the age of 14 when she attended Penn State to earn a bachelor’s degree in English and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Her career took a journalistic turn from radio news to newspaper reporting, then education before she returned to the classroom to secure a master’s degree in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Currently an instructor at Penn State Altoona and Great Commission Schools, she also spent two summers teaching English in Asia and is a Distinguished Toastmaster. When not teaching or writing, she restores antique quilts, crafts projects for her grandchildren, and helps her husband lead a small group at their church devoted to ministering to the needy in their community.
    nancyehead

    What a profound picture of our humanity–and what sin does to us. Thank you! God bless!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Nancy. Sin entangles us and only Jesus can rescue us. God bless.

  6. Lisa Q – USA Midwest – Lisa Quintana blogs at ThinkDivinely, and also for the Women in Apologetics (WIA) ministry, where she currently serves as Vice Chair of Communications. ​Lisa also has her M.A. in Christian Apologetics from Biola University, a B.A. in Communications (with news media emphasis) from Cal State University, Fullerton, and an A.A. in Christian Studies from Christian Life College, Illinois. Her articles have appeared in several Christian ministry sites. She teaches apologetics at her church in Wisconsin. She’s been involved in leading small group ministries for over 25 years, and recently began speaking at Christian conferences. Find Lisa on Twitter at @LisaQthinks.
    Lisa Q

    I get that God prunes us, but oh! It’s so hard sometimes. Yet, it’s good. Good & hard – the paradox of the Christian life. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Lisa. I appreciate it. God bless

  7. Yvonne, you are the best at great analogies like this. I just listened to a podcast today about pruning trees and how it relates to so many things in life. And it’s a perfect example for sin in our lives that has dug deep roots into our spiritual core. Thank goodness Jesus makes us beautiful and whole again!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thank you very much Karen. You comments mean a lot to me. I am so grateful for the way God prunes us into who He needs up to be. God bless.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Me too. Thanks Emily and God bless

  8. Melissa McLaughlin – From an early age, the beauty of nature and love of family pointed me to One who is greater, the Creator and Lover of my soul, Jesus. My writing is inspired by His Word and His Spirit. During the most desperate times of my life, I learned to use scripture prayers to be my voice when I had no voice. To find out more about my passionate prayer journey, check out my book "In Dark of Times When Words Fail, Voice of Jesus Pray for Me." Follow along and join me in this journey of loving Jesus!
    Melissa McLaughlin

    Yvonne, what a powerful analogy. I love the way you explained how sin begins so small and it only barely cuts into the bark of our souls. But then with each sin, the next becomes more natural until we are so wrapped in sin it has marred us to the core. But for Jesus!!! Hallelujah! How we need His forgiveness and the power of His Holy Spirit to set us free. What an inspiring message.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Yes we do need Jesus and His forgiveness. Thanks and God bless Melissa.

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