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Sowing or reaping?

Pastor Kristi Rhodes

Hillcrest Community Church

5994 18 Mile Rd, Cedar Springs

I feel I must warn you before you read this article.  This may validate some people while bringing strong conviction to others.  The intent is to provoke each of us to treat each other better and to love others more like Jesus loves.  May you have an open mind while you read this, allowing the Holy Spirit to move in your spirit to bring you to a place of oneness with God.

Matthew 7:1-2 tells us not to judge, criticize and condemn others, so that you may not be judged, criticized and condemned yourselves. For just as you judge, criticize and condemn others, you will be judged, criticized and condemned. According to the measure you use to deal out to others, it will be dealt out to you! Clearly, God tells us that we will reap what we sow.  This does not only refer to farming or finances; this works the same with behavior and attitudes.  

I read somewhere what a wise pastor says when they hear that someone is talking about them in an unkind or judgmental or even falsifying way. They ask this question, “Are they sowing, or am I reaping?” Many times, we are reaping in our lives what we have previously sown into someone else’s life.  Be sure that you are sowing good seeds. We reap what we sow; we reap more than we sow; and we reap in a different season than we sow.

I’ve heard it said, “Everyone is dealing with something, things you know nothing about, so be kind to people (not only to their face but also when they’re not around).”  

As Joyce Meyer (of Joyce Meyer Ministries) says, the devil loves to keep us busy identifying and judging the faults of others in our minds. That way, we never see or deal with what is wrong with us. When we focus our thoughts and conversations on gossip or the shortcomings of others, we are usually being deceived about our own conduct.  Therefore, Jesus commanded that we not concern ourselves with the wrongs of others when we have so much wrong with ourselves!  Let’s face it—unless your name is Jesus the Christ, none of us is perfect!!  We all have room to grow more like Jesus!  

We cannot change others, only God can.  We can’t even change ourselves—ONLY GOD CAN!  We must cooperate with the Holy Spirit and allow Him to do the work!  Rather than join in talking about others faults or gossip with them—the better solution is to pray for them—talk to God who is the only One who can bring about transformation in anyone’s life.  You want them to be better??  Talk to the One (God) who is everywhere all the time and has the Power to influence and produce real, true and lasting change.  Keep on praying and never give up until His answer and His peace comes.  Trust God to defend you and vindicate you in His perfect time!

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