7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
The "Law of Reaping and Sowing" is like the "Law of Gravity" - it is always in force.
"Do not be deceived"
Do not be deceived into thinking your actions won't bring results - both good and bad.
"God cannot be mocked."
God does not permit anyone to disregard his principles and live as he pleases and escape the consequences.
It is explained as an absolute. "Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap" "A man reaps what he sows."
This law is POSITIVE in that:
If we sow of the Spirit, we shall reap of the Spirit. If we sow the Gospel, we will reap converts. If we sow biblical instruction into the lives of our children, we will reap godly character from their lives.
This law is NEGATIVE in that:
If we sow to the flesh, we shall reap carnality. If we sow evil, we will reap evil. If we sow indifference to God and godly priorities, we will reap coldness, insensitivity, apathy, and hardness of heart.
But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.
The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Illustrations of the "Law of Sowing and Reaping" From Scripture
From the Psalms
1 Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. 4 Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. 5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. 6 For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.
He who digs a hole and scoops it out falls into the pit he has made. The trouble he causes recoils on himself; his violence comes down on his own head.
From the Proverbs
The wicked man earns deceptive wages, but he who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward. The truly righteous man attains life, but he who pursues evil goes to his death.
He who sows wickedness reaps trouble, and the rod of his fury will be destroyed. A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor.
If a man digs a pit, he will fall into it; if a man rolls a stone, it will roll back on him. A lying tongue hates those it hurts, and a flattering mouth works ruin.
From the Prophets
They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind.
From the Words of Christ
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
If we sow judgment, we will reap criticism.
If we sow condemnation, we will reap rejection.
If we sow forgiveness, we will reap forgiveness.
Verse 38 declares that whatever we give, IT shall be returned to us.
Illustrations of this Law in people's lives
2 Samuel 12:9-12
9 Why did you despise the word of the LORD by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites.10 Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.' 11 "This is what the LORD says: 'Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity upon you. Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will lie with your wives in broad daylight. 12 You did it in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all Israel.'"
1. David defiled another man's wife. As a result, one of his daughters was raped by her stepbrother and his son Absolom defiled many of his wives.
2. David had one man murdered. In time, four of his sons died premature deaths, three of them by violence - the illegitimate child, Amnon, Absolom, and Adonijah.
3. David sinned secretly. The consequences he suffered happened openly.
The Widow of Zarephath
I Kings 17:8-16
8 Then the word of the LORD came to him: 9 "Go at once to Zarephath of Sidon and stay there. I have commanded a widow in that place to supply you with food." 10 So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, "Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?" 11 As she was going to get it, he called, "And bring me, please, a piece of bread." 12 "As surely as the LORD your God lives," she replied, "I don't have any bread-- only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it-- and die." 13 Elijah said to her, "Don't be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small cake of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. 14 For this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: 'The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the LORD gives rain on the land.'" 15 She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. 16 For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the LORD spoken by Elijah.
1. When Elijah came to the widow's house, she only had a "handful of meal in a barrel and a little oil in a cruse," enough for one meager meal.
2. When she "sowed" it in obedience to the Lord's command, she reaped a continuous supply of meal and oil that fed Elijah and her family for "many days."
3. What she gave was given back to her in abundant measure as God had promised.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Sow kindness and love toward your family.
"Husbands, love your wives."
"Wives, submit to your husbands."
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Sow honesty in all your affairs.
Sow generosity. Give to the Lord and to those in need.
Sow faithfulness - "Do all things as unto the Lord"
Sow the Gospel
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.
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