Why Cry About It If You’re Reaping What You’ve Sown?
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager (http://www.wordsoftruth.net)
A. God certainly takes no pleasure in seeing the wicked perish (Ezekiel 18:19-32).
1. Though the wicked will perish, we should not take any pleasure in that either (Proverbs 24:17-18).
2. God wants all to be saved (I Timothy 2:1-6) and so should we (Romans 9:1-3).
B. God says that we reap what we sow (Proverbs 22:8, Proverbs 24:12, Isaiah 3:10-11, Jeremiah 2:19, and Galatians 6:7-9).
1. If you don’t reap what you’ve sown in this life, you will in the life to come (John 5:28-29 and II Corinthians 5:10).
2. You cannot escape the consequences of YOUR sinful choices (Nahum 1:3 and Romans 2:4-11).
II. Body: “Wherefore doth a living man complain, a man for the punishment of his sins” (Lamentations 3:39)?
A. We’re supposed to be honest (Romans 12:17), because dishonesty carries even earthly consequences that you need to expect not gripe about if you bring them on yourself:
1. If you lie (Ephesians 4:25 and Revelation 21:8), you won’t be trusted (Jeremiah 7:4).
2. If you steal (Romans 13:9 and Ephesians 4:28), you won’t be trusted (Proverbs 29:24).
3. If you cheat (Proverbs 11:1), you will not be trusted (Proverbs 2:10-15).
4. Why does it matter? It matters because your reputation, through works (Matthew 7:20), defines you (Proverbs 22:1 and Ecclesiastes 7:1).
5. Be forewarned, on top of your reputation being damaged, you may find consequences for these crimes among the laws of men (Romans 13:1-5) and the discipline of the brethren (II Thessalonians 3:6).
B. The sin of choosing the wrong people to have in our lives (Proverbs 13:20).
1. Choose the wrong friends and find that you are the one being influenced (I Corinthians 15:33).
2. Marry the wrong person and you might just find misery (I Kings 11:4-8, I Kings 21:25, and Proverbs 12:4).
a. Misery is not an escape clause to get out of a bad marriage (Matthew 5:31-32 and Romans 7:1-3).
b. You may even be left by your mate (I Corinthians 7:15) and become stuck in celibacy (Matthew 19:3-12).
3. Have fellowship with the erring (Ephesians 5:11) and find you are guilty by association (I Timothy 5:22 and II John 9-11; Joshua 7:1-26).
C. Considering all of the above, we need to use wisdom in our decision-making (Matthew 10:16 and Ephesians 5:15).
1. Use godly wisdom (Psalms 119:97-102, Proverbs 2:6-7, and Jeremiah 10:23).
2. Remember that the word of God equips us for all decisions (II Peter 1:3-4).
3. Learn from mistakes recorded in the Scriptures (I Corinthians 10:1-12).
4. Take counsel from wise brethren (Proverbs 11:14 and Proverbs 15:22; cf. Proverbs 1:5).
III. Conclusion: Sometimes we have to live with the consequences of our bad decisions (Proverbs 1:31 and Hosea 10:12-13).
A. So, make the right decisions (Proverbs 16:20).
B. If you’re living with bad consequences, live so that eternity is not as it is in this life (Proverbs 15:24).
© 2011 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager