Plant Righteousness and Reap Love

6A50177D-BA09-44A9-A41E-09CAA6710FAAI love gardens! One of the most satisfying things in this world is the feeling of soil in my hands. And watching something grow and thrive that you’ve planted with your own two hands is so rewarding. It takes an investment of time, hard work, and resources to cultivate a lovely garden, and it is obvious when someone has been willing to do that.

On our 2017 road trip to the Great Lakes, we came upon this gorgeous garden. It was evident that someone had been hard at work here, and we were the beneficiaries of their sacrifice.

“I said, ‘Plant the good seeds of righteousness, and you will harvest a crop of love. Plow up the hard ground of your hearts, for now is the time to seek the LORD, that He may come and shower righteousness upon you.'” Hosea 10:12.

The principle of sowing and reaping is repeated throughout Scripture. And it is also proven in nature. If you sow, or plant, kernels of corn, you will reap a crop of corn. If you plant coneflower seeds, you will eventually enjoy brightly colored coneflowers. God’s Word is instructing us to be righteous – to do right – and we will have lives filled with love. The Lord is teaching us to soften our hearts, repent of our sins, and seek Him, and He will abundantly and generously bless us with righteousness, like a refreshing rain on a drought stricken land.

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