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There’s a way life works – certain immutable laws woven into the fabric of God’s universe. And as these laws do not bend to our personal preferences, it’s wise to align our life with them.

One such law is the Law of the Harvest. It essentially states we get out of life what we put into it.

For example, planting an apple seed will produce an apple tree. Apple seeds will never produce oranges.

The seed planted determines the harvest produced.

And this remains true throughout our life and relationships.

In fact, the Apostle Paul reminds us that the justice of God will not be mocked by expecting otherwise.

If we plants seeds of selfishness and sin we will reap a harvest of decay and death. But if we plants seeds of right living we well reap a harvest of abundant life and goodness.

It’s helpful then to consider how much of the pain and suffering we experience in our work, marriage, friendships, communities and the like is the result of bad seeds planted earlier.

Of course there are degrees of necessary suffering on our path of becoming. But we’re likely dealing with bad seeds when the regular fruit produced is that of dissension, division, and despair.

At the same time, this is a law we can leverage for our good.

While we will often face those who are prone to ignore us, or even outright fight against our success, none of this blocks the Law of the Harvest.

We can still plant seeds of life and goodness and expect a harvest of the same in return.

This might require more creativity and resourcefulness. But like Joseph, God’s law plays out even through the pits and prisons of life.

Plant the good and don’t lose heart. God is bringing the harvest at just the right time.

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Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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