Yes, You Reap What You Sow!
The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is a slave to the lender. The one who sows injustice will reap disaster, and the rod of his fury will be destroyed. A generous person will be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor. Drive out a mocker, and conflict goes too; then lawsuits and dishonor will cease. The one who loves a pure heart and gracious lips—the king is his friend. The Lord’s eyes keep watch over knowledge, but He overthrows the words of the treacherous. Prov 22:7-12 (HCSB)
Fact: Those who invest in taking advantage of others for personal gain will inevitably realize what is perceived as profit will be actually a loss!
The one who steps over, around, and, more often than not, upon others to get ahead may feel empowered by the gains they have realized at the expense of others, but the price they pay for such self-centered, self-serving, and self-interested ways is ultimately a lonely self-focused existence. Sooner or later, they will misuse their last friend and sacrifice their entire family to pursue their selfish goals; to what aim did it serve? Their blinded egos wrote checks that their lives could not cash!
Fortunately, many in this world allow God’s Word to be their guide and they live a more secure life by never becoming a borrower, intruder or abuser towards others. A Godly focused life seeks to give freely to those in need, never with profit or selfish pride as their motive. When we are free of our debts, we become freed to graciously help others.
Likewise, those who freely mock, gossip and murmur, seek only to make themselves feel better at the expense of others. Godly people separate themselves from self-serving people, and avoid even the image of harming others by careless, self-serving words or attitudes. Remember, reckless words can wreck lives faster than our careless actions.
Therefore, consider carefully who you seek to associate with. Seek those who seek to have a pure heart and please God, seeking God’s will, ways, and wisdom. When this is the filter of your relationships, you will discover all those who are among your growing circle of friends and family members share at least one common friend – His name is Jesus! Only the friends of Jesus understand the joy of God’s favor and blessings.
However, the self-seeking are walking, if not running, away from God to worship and serve their selfish desires and are too busy chasing their own dreams to receive the abundant life God has for them. Sadly, they only discover ultimately their life is empty and fleeting, and is never settled or satisfied by what they value as success in life.
Which relationships do you value most for your life! Do you prefer to walk alone or the fellowship of others helping each other to follow Jesus as he leads all to God’s warm embrace?
Carry one another’s burdens; in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone considers himself to be something when he is nothing, he is deceiving himself. But each person should examine his own work, and then he will have a reason for boasting in himself alone, and not in respect to someone else. For each person will have to carry his own load. The one who is taught the message must share his goods with the teacher. 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. So we must not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up. Gal 6:2-9 (HCSB)