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)                                                                                                                                                                                           

HONORING OUR MOTHERS by Earl Sutton

 

Today is Mother’s Day, a day we all are called upon to honor our moms. And even if your mother is no longer living, you can honor her memory. In God’s eyes, motherhood is higher than any walk of life. In God’s eyes, there is no vocation any higher than parents.

            The Bible gives us three reasons to honor our mothers. First, we need to honor our mother, because it is the right thing to do! “Children obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right” (Eph. 6:1). No one loves children more than their parents. Christian parents want the best for their children, and children are instructed to obey their parents in the Lord. “In the Lord” means because it is pleasing unto God. The point here is that children must learn to respect and obey authority.

            The phrase, “this is right” means in the sight of God. Obedience helps the children later in life to obey those in government and those who are over them. The word “obey” is the Greek word, hupakono, and means to submit to or to follow the directions of. Children are not told to obey parents because it pleases the parent, but because it pleases the Lord! To obey parents means to honor one’s father and mother. The word “honor” is the Greek word, timao, which means to esteem and value as precious. It is honoring to mom when we obey what she says. Our moms have been around the block, and children need to listen to her.

            Second, we need to honor our mother because God tells us to do so. “Honor thy father and mother” (Eph. 6:3). To honor one’s parents means, first of all, to obey them with the proper attitude. This means not speaking evil of your parents (Matt. 15:8). It means supporting them in their time of need when they are older (I Tim. 5:3-16; Mark 7:6).

            We are to honor our parents with respect and to reverence them. Tragically, this is a rarity today in our society. Too often a child’s response to his parents is that of talking back, ignoring, disregarding their instructions, speaking disrespectfully, not listening and putting off their instructions.

            Too many adult children forget the rich experience and vast knowledge that their parents have gained through the years and could be put to great use in their lives.

            Third, we need to honor our mother because it may be well with you and extend your life upon this earth! “That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth” (Eph. 1:3). The point here is very simple, the child who learns to obey his parents and who listens to their good advice will normally live longer.

            We notice two promises made to children who honor their parents. (1) Things will go well for the child. This doesn’t mean that the child will never have problems or have to suffer. This means that God will be with the child to strengthen and take care of him so that he can walk through the trials of this life in victorious manner. The child will be strengthened and made strong in the inner person. He/she will be enabled to conquer and be victorious over whatever confronts them as they journey through life. (2) The child is assured that he/she will live a long life on earth. The bottom line that we honor our parents, especially our mothers, is that God will bless our lives!