YOUR ACTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES. “Then Judas, His betrayer, seeing that He had been condemned, was remorseful and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” And they said, “What is that to us? You see to it! ”” Matthew 27:3-4
You can actually come to a place where you have destroyed a relationship forever. Seeking a place of restoration, but finding none. It happened to Judas. It happened to Esau, “he sought repentance through tears, but found none.” By king David’s sins and failures as a father, he destroyed his relationship with his sons. In my life before Christ, I ruined many relationships that I tried to restore after I came to know Christ, but I had done too much damage. Now, the good news in all this is that a truly repentant heart before the Lord can be reconciled back to Him; but you can destroy relationships, dreams, purposes; all because of selfish, ungodly desires and ambitions. File this under the law of reaping and sowing.
“Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”
“But if you will not do so, behold, you have sinned against the Lord, and be sure your sin will find you out.” Numbers 32:23
Years ago, I had a man ask me to pray for his wife to come back to him. He had spent the last 30 years hurting her and emotionally scarring and abusing her. He had been a horrible drunkard, used up all their savings on his lifestyle and abused her and his children. She had fought hard for the marriage for years, but she came to a point where to save her family, she had to leave the marriage. Neither knew the Lord. He got clean and sober and began seeking the Lord and gave his life to Jesus.
I saw in him a new man, but man oh man, he did years of damage and destruction. Yet because he had repented and went from a blind man to a seeing man and cleaned up his life; he thought she should come running back and all would be well. She did not. She came to forgive him, but the relationship was never reconciled. He died alone. Yes, he was forgiven by the Lord; but he had so destroyed that relationship it was never restored.
My friend, your actions always have consequences, for good or for evil. The seeds you sow today will one day bring a harvest, for good or for evil. What do we do? Guard your heart and every thought that comes across your mind. Unchallenged thoughts are seeds and will eventually turn into actions. Be slow to speak and act.
Sometimes you need to stand back and investigate the situation. Pray about everything. Seek reconciliation and forgiveness, even if they won’t forgive- you are still required to repent. Allow God time to work in another’s heart and keep yours open. Here’s an important thing to remember: repent from the heart and seek reconciliation, but if they refuse; you must press on. Do not get stuck in the woes of regret. It will only lead to depression. God still has a good plan.
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