Garbage in, garbage out ...
You've made your bed, now lie in it ...
You reap what you sow ...
You reap what you sow.
A very familiar phrase; did you know it is found in the Bible? Do you know where? What about the context?
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Galatians 6:7 NIV
I like the way the New Living Translation puts it: "Don't be misled--you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant." You cannot mock the justice of God. That phrase will either give you great peace or cause you great turmoil.
You find great peace in the justice of God when you know that you are living to please the Spirit. That doesn't mean we don't make mistakes and mess up. But when our goal in life is to please God and bring Him glory, we find comfort in God's principle of sowing and reaping.
When we live to please our sinful nature, however, God's justice is not quite so comforting. If we are sowing to our selfish desires, ignoring the needs of others, even ignoring God, we will fear His justice on that day of judgement.
That is why Scripture exhorts us to "not become weary in doing good." We will reap what we sow. God's promises are true and He is a just God. At the right time (God's timing, not ours) we will reap a harvest if we don't give up. Sow to the flesh, reap destruction; sow to the Spirit, reap eternal life.
So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. Galatians 6:10 ESV
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