Difference Between Consequence and, Reaping and Sowing

Karma is where good things happen to you when you choose to do good things but if you choose to do bad to humanity you can expect bad to happen to you and all the lives you’ll live when you’re reincarnated. In Christianity we have the act of reaping and sowing which is quite similar but it is very much confused with consequence.

Difference Between Consequence and, Reaping and Sowing
©Ryan McGuire 2015

A consequence is something that happens right after (or give it a couple days) you make a decision. Whether it’s good or bad you’ll know it’s a consequence from something you did. Here are 3 examples of consequences from bad decisions Joseph Prince gave in one of his sermons:

  1. Sleep with a prostitute and contract syphilis
  2. Smoke over a long period of time and then diagnosed with lung disease
  3. You are inconsiderate and a mean person, which results in no good friends

Those there are consequences for your actions. Sowing and reaping is the idea that you will not know when you will receive your blessing or turmoil. You see, there are many choices we have to make daily and each one has a consequence but it’s the choices where you expect something to come out of it and nothing happens for you that is where you reap. Some examples of this are:

  1. You greet your neighbor every morning for over 5 years
  2. You commit to your relationship with your partner
  3. You practice a skill daily

See these things you reap everyday, and without knowing you sow opportunities such as your neighbor offering you a job at his company, getting married, or recognition of your specific skill and possibly getting paid for it. Consequences happen almost immediately where when you sow, you will reap later.

The biggest damage we can do in our lives is sow bad decisions like, adultery or sex outside of marriage, substance abuse or exploitation. Eventually these things catch up to you by either loss of a good reputation, jail time or sickness and/or disease.

Continue sowing great things and eventually you will reap wonderful things. That is a promise from God Himself.

2 Corinthians 9:6-11

6-7 Remember: A stingy planter gets a stingy crop; a lavish planter gets a lavish crop. I want each of you to take plenty of time to think it over, and make up your own mind what you will give. That will protect you against sob stories and arm-twisting. God loves it when the giver delights in the giving.

8-11 God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways so that you’re ready for anything and everything, more than just ready to do what needs to be done. As one psalmist puts it,

He throws caution to the winds,
    giving to the needy in reckless abandon.
His right-living, right-giving ways
    never run out, never wear out.

This most generous God who gives seed to the farmer that becomes bread for your meals is more than extravagant with you. He gives you something you can then give away, which grows into full-formed lives, robust in God, wealthy in every way, so that you can be generous in every way, producing with us great praise to God.

This article was inspired by Joseph Prince.

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