7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever 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.
Galatians 6 7:9
When reaping and sowing is discussed or preached it is often used to reference money. I was listening to Pastor T.D Jakes yesterday and he made one of those statements that made me go Hmm.
He said, “Why do we sow Anger and expect to reap Love.” It made me think of how often I try to get my point across to people while angry and expect them to respond to me lovingly. How crazy is that? If most people would be honest, I’m sure there are many that are guilty alongside me.
We talk to people with anger and disgust in our voice and get surprised when they respond in the same way. You reap what you so, right? Here’s the thing in the verse above from Galatians it says, “Let us not become weary in doing good.” Why would the writer say that? I believe it’s because every time you are loving to someone they will not always respond lovingly. It’s hard to show love to someone that is being mean, but we have to continue to do it. Now I’m not saying to let people walk all over you but you can always state your point and stand your ground lovingly. You do not need to say hurtful things and yell and scream.
“I can always choose to speak lovingly and still stand up for my beliefs…”
I had a conversation with my sister the other day and we spoke about having arguments with our future husbands. I made the statement, “I’ll never argue with my husband.” I said that because I’ve seen married people argue and hurt each other intentionally for years and I didn’t want that for my life. My sister responded to my statement by asking if I would never stand up for myself if my husband is doing something I didn’t agree with.
It got me thinking and I didn’t have an answer. I know for a fact that I definitely don’t want to argue with my future husband but I also will definitely stand up for myself but how will I do that without arguing. Sad to say I thought about it for a while then I watched the message from T.D Jakes and it became clear to me.
I can always choose to speak lovingly and still stand up for my beliefs. If I truly believe that God is in control and that he has my back then there is no reason for me to allow myself to get angry, I’ll always bring my issues to God. I will state my opinion and leave God to work on the person’s heart. Only God can make a person change their ways not us.
As I write this I have to laugh at myself because the answer seems so easy but after years of seeing anger and hurt around me it’s as if I have to reprogram my brain to be better than what I saw growing up.
I made the promise to myself that I will always choose love over hate, though there may be times I may fail, God is faithful to get me back on track. I am not above apologizing when I fail no matter how hard it may be. I will sow love so that I can reap love!
Lord we thank you for this marvelous day. We thank you for showing us the error of our ways. Though there will be times when we don’t feel like it we will always choose to love. To love everyone we come in contact with, to stand our ground with peace. We thank you father for the opportunities to be doers of your word. You have shown us great love and forgiveness so it is only right that we show that to people we come in contact with. We thank you father for your sacrifice.
In Jesus’ mighty name!