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You Reap what You Sow
We are to love unconditionally.
We can start by spending time with God.
I want you to think about something. Where is God in all parts of your life? We often fill our time doing everything else except spending time with God. Now, sometimes we think life isn't entirely fair because we don't see “God” for who he is and because that is what we often do.
Other than coming to church, God doesn’t fit in our schedule. We spend time doing everything else. We would much prefer spending time online, with friends, playing sports or video games…or whatever else you spend your time doing.
Bread and water satisfy the body, a relationship with Jesus feeds the soul.
We are to help others.
Matthew 25:35-40 NIV
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.
"Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?
"The King will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."
This man only wanted a shave, haircut, and a bath
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others. Audrey Hepburn— Audrey Hepburn
Karma Is Going To Get You
Don't let karma bite you in the butt
Learning life's lessons
- Karma means action, work or deed; it also refers to the spiritual principle of cause and effect where intent and actions of an individual, influences the future of that person.
- What goes around comes around.
- Bringing upon oneself inevitable results, good or bad,
- You could eat your own words.
Good or bad actions determine the future models of self and/or others.
I'm a true believer in karma. You get what you give, whether it's bad or good.— Sandra Bullock
Love Yourself and Others
• Unconditional love comes from wisdom.
• We automatically love without thinking.
• It becomes a habit. (a way of life)
• Unconditional love plants seeds for a harvest.
• Unconditional love is the same as love.
• If love has conditions or expiration dates, then it does not love.
• When love is unconditional, it is given to everyone freely including you.
• Love doesn’t expect anything in return.
• Does not mean making everyone comfortable
• What you can do for someone and do it even if the person doesn’t deserve it.
• Allow yourself to reap the benefits
• Love is an action, not a feeling
• Love is forgiveness
• Real love begins where nothing is expected in return
• Love is affection without limitations
• Love is not earned
• Love expects no rewards.
• If one expects something in return, then time has been wasted.
• Love knows no fear
• Love does not demand
• Shares love and peace even when one is weak.
• Love can be understood
• Love comes from a broken heart that has been healed
• Love is unchaining you and being brave enough to step out of our comfort zone.
• Does our hearts right to love unconditionally
• IT is a decision, a promise and without measure
• IT is an action that teaches others to love
• IT exists in the heart like radiation.
• Love is not expecting what you will get but what you will give.
• Respect for all walks of life and not try to create some fantasy person
• Trinity that we are all one and not out of balance.
• IT is our birthright.
• WE cannot earn unconditional love.
• Love without discriminating.
• Love treats everyone as brothers and sisters.
• IT is unarmed, unlimited and without a reason
• Has no end and the desire to love unconditionally will last eternity
• IT is dynamic and powerful. We can use it or lose it.
• Our unconditional love is built on God’s divine qualities of love
• No two people are alike.
• We must look past our differences and show God’s love through us.
• Unconditional love is “I love you even if”
• It is a blessing to be able to love unconditionally and freely.
• IT plants seeds, and people change
• We can make deposits of unconditional love, but IT keeps no records
• Loving one’s self will attract others to love you.
• We are not to master love but to demonstrate love.
• To love someone unconditional, we must give of our time
• We must give those we minister to wings so they can fly
• We are to show unconditional love, so they will not feel alone.
• Love builds up poor self-images however not a reward or bargaining chip.
• Must be shown in our words and actions from a joyful heart.
• Unconditional love comes back to embrace us when we give it freely.
• Is encouragement from the heart
The bible says we are to plant good seeds.
Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31b-32).
“If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples” (John 15:7-8).
What does the Bible say about karma?
Hebrews 9:27 states, “Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment…” This Bible verse makes clear two important points which, for Christians, negate the possibility of reincarnation and karma. First, it states that we are “destined to die once,” meaning that humans are only born once and only die once. There is no endless cycle of life and death and rebirth, an idea inherent in the reincarnation theory. Second, it states that after death we face judgment, meaning that there is no second chance, like there is in reincarnation and karma, to live a better life. You get one shot at life and living it according to God’s plan, and that is it.
The Bible talks a lot about reaping and sowing. Job 4:8 says, “As I have observed, those who plow evil and those who sow trouble reap it.” Psalm 126:5 says, “Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.” Luke 12:24 says, “Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn, yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!” In each of these instances, as well as all the other references to reaping and sowing, the act of receiving the rewards of your actions takes place in this life, not in some future life. It is a present-day activity, and the references make it clear that the fruit you reap will be commensurate with the actions you have performed. Also, the sowing seeds you achieve in this life will affect your reward or punishment in the afterlife.
This afterlife is not a rebirth or a reincarnation into another body here on earth. It is either eternal suffering in hell (Matthew 25:46) or eternal life in heaven with Jesus, who died so that we might live eternally with Him. Wanting to live forever with our Savior should be the focus of our life on earth. The apostle Paul wrote in Galatians 6:8-9, “The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
Finally, we must always remember that it was Jesus whose death on the cross resulted in the reaping of eternal life for us and that it is faith in Jesus that gives us this eternal life. Ephesians 2:8-9 tells us, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” Therefore, we see that the concept of reincarnation and karma is incompatible with what the Bible teaches about life, death, and the sowing and reaping of eternal life.
"To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless." Gilbert K. Chesterton
© 2017 Rosa Ann Crowder