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September 23

“Do not be deceived: God is not mocked. For whatever a man sows–he will also reap” — Gal 6:7

People have loose notions about sin. They think they can go on through life in disobedience of God’s commands, and defiance of all moral laws–and then, by a single act of penitence, in a moment, have all the consequences of their sinning wiped out, all the effects in their own nature of lifelong evil habits reversed, and their character changed into saintly beauty and fitness for the kingdom of heaven.

But the Bible does not teach this. Those who choose sin for their way in life–must eat sin’s fruit. The fruit of trees drops off—but sin’s fruits stay in the life and become part of it. One may sow common seeds, and others gather and eat the harvest; but the sinner must gather and eat the fruit of his own sowing.

We are not through with our life–as we live it. Every act, every word, every thought, every choice, is a seed which we drop. We go on carelessly, never dreaming that we shall ever again see our deeds. Then some day, we come upon an ugly plant growing somewhere, and we ask, “What is this?” Comes the answer, “I am one of your plants. You dropped the seed which grew into me.” Our lives are the little garden plots, in which it is our privilege to drop seeds. We shall have to eat the fruits of the seeds of which we are planting these days.

Daily Comfort - September 23

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