My husband and I were shopping at our local “Wal Mart Supercenter” yesterday and as we were checking out he commented on how many people had watermelons in their shopping carts. He asked the clerk if they were on sale, thinking he did not want to miss a bargain. She did not have knowledge of any reduced price, stated the obvious, “It’s summertime.” People enjoy the refreshing fruit when it’s in season.
Seedless watermelons are especially desirable; we do not have to spit out irritating seeds before swallowing. Melons are a valuable teaching tool. I need to spit out any words that would hurt others and my witness for Christ. “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly (Proverbs 15:1-2 NIV).”
The Apostle Paul would urge me to spit out seeds before beginning conversation. “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 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of bitterness, rage, and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice (Ephesians 4:29-31 NIV).” Get in the line; the seed spitting contest is about to get underway!