God’s Principle of Reaping and Sowing
From the fruit of their lips people are filled with good things, and the work of their hands brings them reward.
Galatians 6:7-10 states, “Whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life . . . [So] let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.”
This passage contains an important scriptural truth: Our positive actions will ultimately benefit us, whereas our negative deeds will eventually bring harmful repercussions. This principle goes hand in hand with the Golden Rule, which says we are to treat others the way we want to be treated. The Lord calls us to be kind and respectful toward other people, even when they aren't easy to love. Admittedly, this can be difficult when an individual wrongs us continually. But if we give in to our flesh and retaliate, we are sowing seeds of corruption, and in due time, we will reap accordingly.
On the other hand, treating someone well—even after he has been unkind— will profit us. According to Scripture, we are “sow[ing] to the Spirit” and will reap rewards. Some benefits may be supernatural and unknown to us at the time. Yet we know that obedience in this situation will facilitate forgiveness, build character, and develop endurance. No matter what the other person does, we always win when we walk in obedience with the Lord.
Think of relationship challenges as a chance for others to witness God’s love in action. With His help, you can sow seeds of love, joy, and peace that will yield a rich harvest for your own life as well as for the other person.