THERE WILL BE CONSEQUENCES FOR OUR ACTIONS! by Earl Sutton

 

In 1996 a grain ship, “Bright Field,” was heading down the Mississippi River near New Orleans, when it lost control, veered toward the shore and crashed into a riverside shopping mall. The impact demolished parts of the wharf and injured 116 people. According to the Coast Guard investigation, the ship’s owner and crew had failed to repair long-standing engine problems. This is a clear example of not doing what you should do and receiving the consequences of bad decisions.

            The Devil deceived Eve into thinking that there would be no consequences for eating the forbidden fruit (Gen. 3:1-7). God said, “But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, ye shall not eat of it lest ye die” (v.3) The Devil said, “Ye shall not surely die.” (v.4) Eve dilly-dallied with the temptation and contemplated the possibilities that the Devil had suggested and threw away all restrain and ate the fruit!  Why?  The Devil deceived her into thinking that there would be no consequences for sin.

            The Devil continues to lie to us today and tells our society that a little sin won’t hurt, a little indulgence is not a problem, a little transgression will never hurt anybody! The Devil tells us that we are only human and go ahead and enjoy sin. The Bible says, “The way of the transgressor is hard.” ( Prov. 13:15)

            Our society believes that it can live in disobedience to God’s will by practicing homosexuality and never suffer the consequences. The scriptures teach that there will be consequences for our actions. “Be not deceived: God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth unto his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption: but he that soweth unto the spirit shall of the spirit reap eternal life.” (Gal. 6:7-8) This basic principle applies to the physical world and spiritual realm as well. The word, “mocked” is a Greek word (mukterizete:) which means to turn one’s nose up at God. The point is that if a person sows to the flesh (homosexuality and sinful living) and turns up his nose at God, he shall go the way of all flesh, -- die and face the judgment of God where there will be consequences. (reap destruction – Gal. 6:8)

The scriptures emphasize the consequences of sin in other verses. Ezekiel said, “The soul that sinneth, it shall die.” (Ez. 18:4) Paul said, “The wages of sin is death.” (Rom. 6:23)  Over and over, again and again, the Bible under all circumstances, emphasizes that we reap what we sow and that sin is always followed by consequences.

            There is rebellion in the hearts and in the behavior of many people in our society today. In view of the fact that sin will always have consequences, what can we predict for the future? According to the basic law of sowing and reaping, the answer can best be given in the words of the prophet Hosea, “They sow the wind and they shall reap the whirlwind.” (Hos. 8:7) There is one time of sowing (while alive), and there will be two times of reaping. We reap in this life and also reap beyond this life in the hereafter. Sin brings forth its consequences both here and hereafter.

            People may do things without realizing the consequences of their actions, but one day there is going to be an accounting! (Rev. 21:8)                                                                                                                                                                                           

What Makes A Marriage Work - Earl Sutton

irst published in the weekly bulletin at the church of Christ at Elkins on November 30, 2014  

A husband asked his wife, "Tell me, Dear, have you ever been in love before?"  She thought a moment and replied, "No, but I once respected a man for his great intelligence.  I admired another for his remarkable courage.  I was captivated by another for his good looks and charm.  But with you, well, how else could you explain it, except love?"

 

            Making a marriage work involves love and forgiveness, give and take, trial and error, determination and perseverance, but above all else it requires putting God and His kingdom first.  Making a marriage work also involves the daily practice of the Golden Rule, taking a large measure of kindness, patience, forbearance, along with a charitable disposition and a forgiving spirit.

 

            We congratulate Jimmy and Judy Goad upon reaching their 50th wedding anniversary on November 26, 2014.  They repeated their marriage vows to accentuate the solemnity of marriage.  

 

            The poet, Robert Browning, in his "Rabbi: Ben Ezra" said, "Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be, the last of life, for which the first was made."  His point is that growing old is not the attraction but the companionship.  Few pictures are more beautiful than a couple who still enjoy being together after half a century of companionship.

 

            Love is the necessary ingredient for happiness and stability of life.

                                                                        -----   Earl Sutton