There always is a reference to ripening whenever a serious discussion of the soul takes place. The soul obviously is not a fruit, but it ripens with age. A mature soul is held responsible for its misdeeds, while a young soul erases them as it ripens and matures. As a soul matures, it becomes much less capable of erasing blemishes and instead, tends to secure them in place. A perfect solution for a mature soul is to erase the blemishes manually by soaking the soul in hot spiritual acid, then seeking forgiveness of the Father in heaven.
The Lord God Jesus Of Nazareth