We reap an excellent night's sleep from the life we sow today.
Verse of the Day, November 16, 2021
Galatians 6:9 CSB "Let us not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don't give up."
Tonight we lay down to sleep and pray for our soul the Lord to keep. Our own life, actions, and decisions are the only life and behavior we have to account for tonight when we say our prayers (6:3). The life we sow today, God will reward tonight with a clear or a guilty conscience (Galatians 6:4). How will you sleep tonight?
Paul reminds us, "God will not be mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will 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" (Galatians 6:7–8). Paul says saved people should sow spiritual behavior to reap spirit fruit.
Paul says we are to bear one another's burdens and restore anyone caught in any trespass in a spirit of gentleness (6:1–2). Paul prescribes the cure for a restless night's sleep: "So then, while we have an opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those in the household of the faith" (6:10). Believers are to have an ultra awareness of how we treat each other. We are not to approve our good behavior by another's behavior.
If you have something against another church member and you aren't helping them change, recognize each of us has different personalities and forgive them, so you work with them in the work of the gospel, you should not expect a good night's sleep or peace tomorrow. You will always find your conscience in chaos.
Lord Jesus, help me today bear the burden of those with whom I find difficult to deal or work. I do not know what they are dealing with until I have walked with them in Bible study and prayer. Lord Jesus, thank You for walking in my shoes. You lived with me without making my mistakes. Then, You bore my burdens (died for the guilt of my sins). You forgave me, so I now share in the work of the gospel with You.
Lord, I pause in prayer. Open the eyes of my heart that I may see those I have not forgiven only because I want to avoid working or dealing with them. Lord, help me to forgive and do good, especially to those in the household of the faith. Thank you, Lord, for the grace of reconciliation. Today, I forgive, so tonight, I will sleep tight and dream about how to minister with my reconciled co-workers.
Thank You, Jesus, for not allowing pride to keep me from forgiving (6:3–4). I know we all have different strengths and weaknesses, "But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world" (6:14). In Jesus' name, amen.