“Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow. If you sow to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh; but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life from the Spirit.” vs. 7-8
Paul’s words to the Galatians were not rocket science. They are exactly the sort of thing that parents have been saying to their children from the beginning. We reap whatever we sow! This is God’s own truth, and it applies to every human under the sun. No one is exempt! It would seem that when things are universally true there would come a time when we would catch on. Unfortunately that’s not the case. Without proper nurturing, without parents and teachers who bore us to death with their relentless admonitions, we would be forced to discover God’s truth by trial and error, which is what a lot of us do anyway. And in a time when moral instruction has fallen into disfavor more and more people have been left in that position, i.e. trying to find God’s truth on their own. At first exploring the ways of the flesh, indulging the self, does have a certain appeal and we see many wandering down that way. The problem is, as Paul says, God is not mocked, and there are escalating consequences. The good news is that some come to themselves, see the mess of their lives, and remember that there is another way. And as the Spirit leads them home, they are received into the arms of love.
Thought for the Day: Who provided my moral training?