Over this weekend, in several areas of my worship and studying God’s Word the verse about reaping and sowing came up. After the third time, I asked God, “Okay, what about that verse beyond what I know are you trying to share?”
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Galatians 6:7
Most of us are familiar with the verse in terms of correction, and if you do a search on the words “reap, sow” you find many verses that share this principle. (click the word search if you are interested in some of the many verses in God’s Word)
God’s mercy and grace…
When we sow seeds, we anticipate a harvest. I stopped to think of all the good, the honest striving to be more like Jesus, and my love for my children and husband. I can spend a lot of time telling you all the things I should have done, my mistakes, and linger a long time on thoughts of a withered harvest after sowing. Honestly… Confession….I think most of us are our worse critics. We set ourselves up as judge, jury, and sentence ourselves to thoughts of self loathing, or “If I could just…..”.
I’m not talking about honest work. Work to be more kind, or patient, gentle…
Work to conquer an addiction, restore a relationship…..
I’m talking about the way you view yourself as a person. If you sow thoughts of unworthiness, you will reap thoughts and actions of self loathing. God would scoop you up in His arms and remind you of His work on the cross, and how VERY, VERY much He loves you. Will you let Him? His Word says to love your neighbor, as yourself. When we begin the healing process of loving ourselves with God’s love, we are more able to love our neighbor, to be more kind, merciful, loving. How? Begin here: God tells us to take EVERY thought under the captivity of the glorious work of Jesus:
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:5
This is hard work. It means you have to sometimes speak against the very words and actions of those you love the most, and claim who you are in Christ. It also means that we have to learn new ways of thinking. Perhaps you’ve spent most of your life believing a lie about you, or living in patterns of behaviors to support a dysfunctional thought because it’s what you know, what you are used to. Is your heart hardened, or numb to God’s love? Do you know His love passionately, or in rote (routine; a fixed, habitual, or mechanical course of procedure), duty? Are you trapped in the kind of God love that you are unworthy of His Love, and are willing to just meagerly (deficient in richness) beg for His affection?
Is your heart hardened?
I said, ‘Plant the good seeds of righteousness, and you will harvest a crop of love. Plow up the hard ground of your hearts, for now is the time to seek the LORD, that he may come and shower righteousness upon you.’Hosea 10:12
Hosea is a chapter about God’s unfailing love to a people who constantly rejected His perfect love. Oh Jesus, we are your children sowing righteousness, we reap the fruit of unfailing love to plow up the hard ground of our hearts, and we seek you NOW, and know that You desire to shower us with your righteousness!
Allow Jesus to begin to soften your heart to His unfailing love.
( A great book to read is Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. It’s a historical fiction about the book of Hosea, and tells a beautiful story of Jesus’ redeeming love for us.)