The Law of Sowing and Reaping

November 29, 2012 | Tags: ,

A good man produces good out of the good storeroom of his heart. An evil man produces evil out of the evil storeroom, for his mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart.

Luke 6:45

There is a very powerful law of God at work all the time. It is this: Don’t be deceived: God is not mocked. For whatever a man sows he will also reap, because the one who sows to his flesh will reap corruption from the flesh, but the one who sows to the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit” (Gal. 6:7-8). It is called the law of sowing and reaping. Jesus said it too on the Sermon on the Mount. He said, “In the same way, every good tree produces good fruit, but a bad tree produces bad fruit. A good tree can’t produce bad fruit; neither can a bad tree produce good fruit” (Matt. 7:17-18).

When I plant seeds in the spring, I will grow what I plant. If I plant weeds, I will get weeds in my garden. If I plant seeds of flowers, I will grow flowers. The principle remains and includes this truth, which I will quote from Charles Stanley–“You reap what you sow, more than you sow, and later than you sow.”

God is very clear. He will not be mocked. If we sow kindness, love, respect, and patience in the world, we will see that manifested in our hearts and in our relationships. But if we sow disrespect, selfishness, and meanness in the world, we will see that manifested too in very painful ways.

Begin by taking an inventory of your heart today. Are you harboring bitter anger, selfishness, jealousy, or any other bad seed that can hurt you and others? Conversely, where have you seen great joy in your life when you followed God and showed kindness to someone who hurt you, forgiveness and grace to someone who didn’t deserve it, or respect to someone because you wanted to obey God more than you wanted to have the last word? Do those memories fill you with gladness, peace and praise?

Let’s all get to a point in our walk with God where we realize it’s simply not worth it to sow a bad seed, and when we mess up, we repent immediately. Let’s all get to a point where we allow the power of the Holy Spirit within us to what only He can do to sow good seeds in our lives.

Father God, have mercy and help each and every one of us plant beautiful flowers of your love and grace in the world, all to the glory and honor of our Lord Jesus Christ.

By Courtney Silberman

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