There is a quote by an unknown author that says, "Be a reflection of what you would like to see in others! If you want love, give love, you want honesty, give honesty, want respect, give respect. You get in return what you give! It is so true; we cannot expect to receive love if all we deliver is hate, and we cannot wish to be at peace if all we do with our life is to foster chaos. It will be selfish to think we deserve what we do not give. Do you think you can receive respect if you are constantly disrespectful?
Surprisingly, many people are so selfish that they expect love, trust, and respect from those they belittled, hurt, betrayed, or bullied. Sorry, but you cannot anticipate receiving something you do not give yourself. You will always reap what you sow. You cannot expect your child to be respectful if all they see at home is disrespect. You cannot expect your husband to be sincere if all you do is lie to him. You cannot expect your co-worker to confide in you when you constantly talk bad about others when they are not around. Every action we take has a consequence, and we cannot expect to receive something good out of a bad action or decision.
“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to the flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.“ Galatians 6:7-8. When we walk by the Spirit, we will not execute the lusts of the flesh. We can overcome temptation and the desire to sin by seeking what is godly. We will see the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control) if we start sowing them in our relationships with others. We should be careful with our actions and be mindful of how we treat others because that will determine what we receive. Today, I invite you to plant seeds of love, compassion, empathy, and generosity in the lives of those around you, and you will see how many blessings will come your way.