By His Grace: Sowing Righteousness

Edith Nevis

“A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”

Edit Nevis

It’s important to understand the principle of sowing and reaping and how it intertwines within our lives. That which is sown from the heart of man shall manifest itself in life.

What seeds are sown during these perilous times?  

As believers and followers of Christ, you and I have a moral and spiritual responsibility to sow love in those we encounter daily. It begins in the home, which is our greatest mission field.

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”

What does a seed do?  

When provided the necessary elements and nourishment, a seed reproduces and develops into that from which it came. A spiritual seed (a seed when sown meant to fulfill its divine purpose by God) of various forms reproduces in similar ways.  

The seed of love requires positive influence and affection while demonstrating tremendous patience and using words of encouragement which give life. And the seed of hate consists of ridicule, abuse and anger, eventually leading toward unstable and destructive behavior.

Recall the beginning of Jesus' ministry, what attracted so many and of all levels of society back then to follow him? It was His deep love for mankind that drew others unto Him. It is important to learn from His example, watch the tone and language set in the home, in the workplace and especially before non-believers if we are to be effective witnesses of Christ. These seeds can quickly progress into something beautiful or repulsive. The fruit of this seed either draws others to seek the knowledge of which it derives or thrusts them away.  

Love should always be in demonstration during periods of conflicts and unrest. Are we not called to be children of light in a world of darkness? Ambassadors of Christ.  

“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord.” 

The word of God once was revered by the people of this nation as essential to spiritual growth and development. Today there is very little emphasis on reading the word of God as a family. Even less important, sad to say, is the need to pray together and for one another. I remember a time where God was the center of our upbringing. The elders taught not only through Bible study but life experiences what it meant to have faith in God and to depend on Him. This was a valuable seed that would become vital in times like now.

Our nation has begun to feed into the plans of the enemy by sowing seeds of immorality and hatred. This generation has been taught it’s acceptable to disregard moral and righteous standards of living due to the absence of God within the heart of man. Sadly this seed has grown into a full harvest. How do we address this epidemic and turn it around?

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

Simple enough, or so you think.

The pathway our nation recently taken is an abomination to God. And when we are defiant and disobedient, God will give this nation as he did the children of Israel over to sin.

“So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices.”

The atmosphere in this country is quickly changing and in a destructive way. Why is this? Many have either forgotten or deliberately chosen not to recall how this great nation came about.  

On April 30, 1789, President George Washington planted a seed by consecrating this great country back to God during his famous inaugural address at Federal Hall in New York City.

What has been sown in America, we will now reap. Are we ready to face the consequences of what has been planted? There is hope though the window of opportunity is closing fast. Have you heard, the King is Coming, Jesus!

It’s time to take a stand against the rise of evil in the sight of God. When you and I share the word of God we are sowing the seed of hope, love, peace, joy and happiness and not hate. Let’s all join in prayer for God to come back into our home and government. And once again become one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

“Bless O Lord the whole race of mankind, and let the world be filled with the knowledge of Thee and Thy Son, Jesus Christ. I beseech Thee to defend me this night from all evil, and do more for me than I can think or ask, for Jesus Christ's sake, in whose most holy Name and words, I continue to pray. Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name.” -- President George Washington

Until next time May the lord keep you and bless you continuously. Shalom, go in peace. 

Bible references: Luke 6:45 NIV; Galatians 6:9-10 NIV; Ephesians 5:8-10; 2 Chronicles 7:14; Psalm 81:12 NIV. To obtain the full benefits of each verse, please read the five verses before and after each verse. 

-- Edith Nevis can be reached at 857-2200 or at enevis@gannett.com.