Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a person sows, this he will also reap. Galatians 6:7
Science refers to it as Cause and Effect; for every action there is a reaction. The entire universe operates on the Law of Sowing and Reaping. Agriculture is the best example. Even the financial world invests with hopes of reaping great dividends.
This law is an absolute, it is also the road map for our lives. We love to think that when we do good, good is going to return to us. But not as excited to think that we often also plant seeds of unpleasantness.
Sowing the negative is not always intentional. It comes naturally to most of us. Why is it so easy to pass judgment on other’s when we are on the outside looking in? It is in those moments of quick judgement and criticism that we set a future course for our own lives.
How often in the midst of our own unpleasant circumstances, are we reminded of a time where we lacked compassion for someone else walking a similar path. It’s like watching a rerun except now we have been cast to play the role.
Is it even impossible to live a life completely void of judgement and criticism? Control such thoughts on our own is exhausting! When we apply it to our own lives, the Law of Sowing and Reaping becomes overwhelming.
But God always provides a safety net.
It is called forgiveness. Forgiveness is one of the most powerful tool available to us. We complicate it with excuses; Why we shouldn’t offer it? Is it really deserved? Do you know what they did?
Forgiveness comes with no expectations, no requirements. In fact, no one needs to hear us say it. Once spoken, these two little words change our circumstances and ourselves.
Forgiveness of others frees us to love, forgiveness of us ourselves frees us to live.
A conversation among friends
“What did I do to deserve this?” he asked jokingly.
“If you think hard enough, I’m sure you can remember,” I said and we both laughed – and then a weird quiet took over.
“Did you remember?” I asked leaning into him. He nodded.
“SAY THE WORDS!” I shouted much louder than intended. “Say the words and stop the crazies!” Closing his eyes, I read his lips, “I forgive.”
“Who?”, I asked. “Who needs the forgiveness?”
“Me.” He said, “Forgive me for being so judgmental.”
Like magic, the weird quiet exited and we both felt the world change.
This is an excerpt from, A Simple Faith in a Complicated World, expected to release in Summer of 2022.
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