A Fruitful Endeavor
- Proverbs 18:20 (AMP)
- Proverbs 18:21 (AMP)
- Galatians 6:7 (AMP)
- Galatians 6:8 (AMP)
- Galatians 6:9 (AMP)
- Galatians 6:10 (AMP)
- James 3:2 (AMP)
- James 3:3 (AMP)
- James 3:4 (AMP)
- James 3:5 (AMP)
- James 3:6 (AMP)
A Fruitful Endeavor
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. (Galatians 6:7)
One of the most important principles in Scripture is that of sowing and reaping. From the beginning of Creation until now, the law of seedtime and harvest has been in operation, affecting every aspect of our life here on earth. For instance, in the agricultural world, in the animal kingdom, and even in human reproduction, we easily can understand how a seed implanted will produce a harvest. But do you realize the principle of sowing and reaping is always in progress in your marriage as well?
Your mouth is a seed warehouse. Words are some of the most powerful seeds you sow; they are so powerful they can have a disproportionate effect on your marriage. By that I mean your words have the ability to affect your spouse and marriage more than almost anything else (see Proverbs 18:20-21; James 3:2-6).
In addition to the words you speak, your actions and attitudes are also seeds that are being sown into the lives of those around you. And they will produce a harvest, whether good or bad. Inconsequential behavior simply does not exist.
Here is how the Apostle Paul puts it: For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. (Galatians 6:8-10)
When you notice attitudes, words, or behaviors in your spouse that make you unhappy, you need to consider the fact that to some degree you may be responsible for the negative behavior. It’s possible that you are reaping the results of what you have sown into your husband’s or wife’s life.
Of course, the same law of sowing and reaping applies when good seeds are sown. You can kill off a bad crop by simply repenting before God and your spouse for your negative words and actions. Then begin planting a new crop by carefully and purposefully sowing good seed in your marriage and all areas of your life. Your harvest then will be a good one! It may not be an instant harvest, but it is a guaranteed one.
Talk It Out | What kind of seeds are you sowing into your marriage? Repent to each other for any negative words or behavior, and talk about specific ways to change the negatives into positives.
Walk It Out | Speak out loud what the Bible says about your spouse and your marriage. Look up verses that tell of God’s blessings, and speak God’s Word over your situation. That seed has the power of God to make a profound impact in every area of your relationship.
Created 3 months ago