Chuck Swindoll on Sin and Consequences


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“Do not deceive yourselves; no one makes a fool of God. You will reap exactly what you plant. If you plant in the field of your natural desires, from it you will gather the harvest of death; if you plant in the field of the Spirit, from the Spirit you will gather the harvest of eternal life. So let us not become tired of doing good; for if we do not give up, the time will come when we will reap the harvest.  So then, as often as we have the chance, we should do good to everyone, and especially to those who belong to our family in the faith.” ~ Galatians 6:7-10 (GNT)

I highly recommend Chuck Swindoll’s book on the life of David. The following excerpt was taken from pages 214 – 215 where Swindoll addresses the tragic impact on David’s family of his sins of adultery and murder.

Many years ago, my friend, John W. Lawrence, wrote a small but very insightful volume entitled Down to Earth: The Laws of the Harvest, in which he traces the truth of harvesting what we have sown. He says this about David:

When David sowed to the flesh, he reaped what the flesh produced.  Moreover, he reaped the consequences of his actions even though he had confessed his sin and been forgiven for it.  Underline it, star it, mark it deeply upon your conscious mind: Confession and forgiveness in no way stop the harvest.  He had sown; he was to reap.  Forgiven he was, but the consequences continued.  This is exactly the emphasis Paul is giving the Galatians even in this age of grace.  We are not to be deceived, for God will not be mocked.  What we sow we will reap, and there are no exceptions.

Do you see what faulty theology has led us to believe? We have set ourselves up with a sin mind-set. We have told ourselves that grace means those consequences are all instantly removed, so we let ourselves be sucked under by the power of the flesh, rather than believing what Paul teaches, that we don’t have to sin day after day after day. We sin because we want to. We have the power in the person of the Holy Spirit to say no to it at every turn in our life. If we choose to say yes against the prompting of the Holy Spirit, we may be certain we will live in the backwash of the consequences. Unfortunately, so will innocent people who are closely related to us…

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