Sowing Mercy, Reaping Mercy

There is a law that is always working.  A law that no one can ever break, but all too often, this law breaks people.  It is the Law of sowing and reaping. Whatever a person sows, they will eventually reap. Whatever someone does, consequences will soon follow.

Years ago at the Sundance Festival in Park City, Utah, Robert Downey Jr. (who had lots of trouble with the law because of his addiction to alcohol and drugs) said, “Oh, I can’t drink these days. I’m allergic to alcohol and narcotics. If I use them, I break out in handcuffs.”  Downey learned the reality of  sowing and reaping. When he sowed into alcohol and drugs, he reaped a jail cell.

But it’s not just about sowing bad seeds. It is a law that proves true about whatever you sow. The law of sowing and reaping is neutral. It exists outside you and me, and it cannot be broken.   Usually people think of it as negative, but it’s not. It is also the law that allows you to plan your future. “What will life be like next year? In five years? What will my children be like? What impact will my life have?” Whatever you sow in these areas, you will reap.

It is as constant as the seasons.

As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night,  will never cease. Genesis 8:22

Now although God is sovereign (some things in life we cannot avoid) most of what you get out of life is based on what you sow into it.  

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Galatians 6:7

One thing everyone needs either right now or in the near future is mercy. Are you in need of mercy? Jesus said if you are merciful, you will get mercy back. And if you’re like me, you need lots of mercy.  How do you ensure that in the months ahead people will forgive you when they don’t really have to?   How will you develop a life that people don’t hold grudges against? Start today by sowing mercy and giving it abundantly.