My family and I live on a small farm. One time we saw a thistle weed growing in our field. We decided that a small weed couldn’t hurt us. But soon other weeds grew in the field. We learned our lesson. It is now my oldest son’s responsibility to look for thistle weeds and dig them up. This prevents the weeds from growing and spreading their seeds.

This experience reminds me of 1 Corinthians 5:6. “Your proud talk is not good. You know the saying, ‘Just a little yeast makes the whole batch of dough rise.’” A small amount of yeast can make a large batch of dough rise. In the same way, a few thistle seeds can spread and cause many more weeds to grow.

My family learned that it is important to remove even one small weed from the field. This experience teaches that we should not ignore sin in our lives. When we sin, we need to ask God for forgiveness and decide to not do that sin again. If we do not allow God to remove our sin, it will grow and cause us to sin more.

Be sure to examine your life today. Ask God to forgive your sins, and thank Him for Jesus who died so you can have your sins forgiven.