Sowing and Reaping
“Do not be deceived: God cannot be
mocked. A man reaps what he sows.”
We mock the Lord every time we sin, for we think the evil we do will not incur any serious
consequence. It’s utter foolishness if we don’t believe the seed we sow will
germinate underground and grow into the exact thing which we have planted. A
pear tree will not surface if we sow an apple seed, which is obvious.
In his Confessions St. Augustine spoke
poignantly about the sins he had committed as a little boy and how they would
surface in his heart from time to time, causing him sorrow and regret. Every
sin we have ever committed in our life, whether we are aware of it or not, is
etched deeply in our heart and will remain there eternally. The totality of our
sin may be covered by the blood of the Lamb, but it may still rear its ugly
head to cause us pain.
As children of God, our sins are indeed forgiven, but not necessarily forgotten. The Lord
does not forget our every sin, for the Omniscient forgets nothing; therefore,
his forgetfulness is intentional. The Lord forgets because he chooses to
forget. As far as our memory is concerned, we don’t seem to have such an option.
Our sins will always find ways to come back to us and to shame us and, unfortunately,
Satan will always bring them up to accuse us.
The fruit of sin may be sweet, but its aftertaste is bitter and
sour, and can
never be washed away. We offend three
parties whenever we sin: the Lord, the ones we sin against, and ourselves, and the
ill-effects we have inflicted on the three is long lasting. Wasn’t it for our
sin the Son of God was crucified? Yet we seem to have such a cavalier attitude
toward our sin.
Will we keep on mocking and taunting God by our continual sinning, as if he will never hold
We may be taking advantage of God’s love for us by sinning continuously, thinking that
the Lord’s grace is sufficient and he will always forgive our many sins, not
knowing that sin will always run its sinister course and, albeit it is forgiven
through Christ’s death on the cross, we will still suffer the ill-effects of
it, either physically or spiritually. We are deceiving ourselves if we think
Consider this: Are we really willing to suffer the consequences of sin?
We lose the joy of the Lord the moment after we sin and the misery may last for a while.
The pleasure of sin always comes with a price tag, which is the loss of our
intimate fellowship with the Lord, and the deep joy it produces. Secondly,
God’s presence will depart from us, for we cannot see God’s face unless we are
pure and holy. Indeed, “blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”
Are these consequences frightening enough to keep you away from sinning? “Do not be
deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.”