Healthy Seeds!! —> Healthy Harvest!! – TEMPTATION [14]

In previous posts I’ve sought to answer the following questions regarding temptation.

  • What is, and is not temptation?                  –  TEMPTATION [1,2]
  • Where does temptation come from?         –  TEMPTATION [3,4]
  • Does everyone experience temptation?    –  TEMPTATION [5,6]
  • What is driving our temptations?               –  TEMPTATION [7]
  • Were any people in the Bible tempted?     –  TEMPTATION [8,9,10]
  • Who or what tempts us?                              –  TEMPTATION [11,12]
  • What can I do in a tempting situation?      –  TEMPTATION [13]

The next question I’ll look to answer is

  • WHAT IS THE HARVEST (RESULTS) OF TEMPTATION?   –  TEMPTATION [14]

You may be thinking…   Why harvest?  That’s seems like an odd word choice.

Odd, maybe?, but harvest is a word that clearly describes the result of seeds that are planted, watered, and fed.

When I think of harvest, I think of Autumn, pumpkin pie and taffy apples. But, this also reminds me that pumpkins and apples didn’t just magically appear in fields or on trees. They came from  small, hidden, seeds that were nurtured, and grew until their “fruit” could be seen.

Here are a couple of examples to illustrate —

Pumpkin_seeds pumpkin seeds, and in 3-4 months ==> 

pumpkinpatch  ===>  pumpkinpie

 

apple seeds        apple seeds, and in 4-6 years ===> 

apple-tree-lg  ===>  taffyapple

The above, are examples of seeds that were planted and well cared for.  As you can see their harvest yielded a healthy, and by the looks of it, tasty result.  A beautiful and bountiful harvest.  And from that harvest came the main ingredient to bring joy into people’s lives.  In the case of these examples, pumpkin pie and taffy apples.

We can use “seeds” as an analogy in our life and others.  We can plant “seeds” everywhere we go.  As in the examples, seeds vary in the time they take to grow into mature fruit.  But once the fruit is fully grown and harvested, it can be used in a variety of ways.

WHAT “SEEDS” CAN I PLANT IN PEOPLE’S LIVES?

  • Saying kind words to others
  • Lending a listening ear to someone who may be down and out
  • Giving someone a much-needed hug
  • Any “random act of kindness” toward others

Just like our pumpkin and apple seeds, we may not see the harvest of our planting for quite some time, if ever.  But regardless, we are encouraged to continue to tend to/care for the people God has put in our lives, whether at home, school, work, etc.  Who knows, perhaps you were placed right where you are, right now, for just such a time as this?  (my paraphrase – Esther 4:14)

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. – 2 Corinthians 9:6

“THAT’S ALL REALLY INTERESTING, BUT WHAT DOES ALL THIS HAVE TO DO WITH TEMPTATION????”

In this post I talked about reaping a healthy/positive harvest.  A harvest that resulted directly from the healthy/positive “seeds” I’d sown, BUT…

REMEMBER:  THERE ARE TWO SIDES TO EVERY COIN.    —   Next post coming soon 🙂

penny

 

** IT’S ALWAYS GREAT TO HEAR FROM MY READERS 🙂  SO PLEASE FEEL FREE TO LIKE OR COMMENT BELOW 🙂  **

** FOR MORE ON TEMPTATION SEE MY OTHER POSTS BELOW **

Cheesecake… To Eat or Not To Eat???  –  TEMPTATION [13]  –  http://wp.me/p5nZpi-B7

Tending the “Crops”  –  TEMPTATION [15]  –  http://wp.me/p5nZpi-Cu

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IF ____ , THEN ______… – PROVERBS 3:1-4 [1]

What you say flows from what is in your heart. – Luke 6:45

 

1   My child, never forget the things I have taught you.
    Store my commands in your heart.
2   IF you do this, (THEN) you will live many years,
    and your life will be satisfying.
(IF you) Never let loyalty and kindness leave you!                                                                                  (IF you) Wear them like a necklace, as a reminder.
(IF you) Write them deep within your heart.
4  THEN you will find favor with both God and people,
and you will earn a good reputation.

In the first few verses of Proverbs Chapter 3, Solomon utilizes cause and effect.  If you do ____, then _____ will be the result.  You’ll notice in bold type, and in (  ), if/then that I’ve added for emphasizing the cause/effect relationships in verse 1-4.

From the opening of chapter 3 we’re reminded – NEVER forget the things I’ve taught you, store them in your heart.

Verse 2  –  IF you follow these principles (throughout the Book of Proverbs and the Bible)
THEN you’ll live long and have a satisfying life (you’ll be content, fulfilled)
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need. – Matthew 6:33

Verse 3  –  we see two particular character traits mentioned, loyalty and kindness.  A character trait is a distinguishing factor(s) that is specific to an individual.
How do we recognize character traits in people?  Their attitudes and beliefs are reflected in their actions.
A loyal person is someone another person/people can count on. They are faithful.  As in the example of a husband and wife in marriage, or an employee to an employer, or a friend to a friend.
A kind person is someone who looks out for best interests in another. Like a big sister making sure her little brother crosses the street safely, helping a kid who dropped their books in the hall, or holding a door open for someone.

Verse 3 goes on to say that our attitudes/beliefs are demonstrated by the actions we take.       Wear loyalty and kindness like a necklace.  An outward sign. attitudes_custom_monogram_motivational_necklace-r814eece76af544f18b6e6349f3eb5711_fkokr_8byvr_324                          Write them deep within your heart.   woman-holding-the-bible-to-heart    Internalize them.                                        Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think – Romans 12:2

We’ve all heard the saying, actions speak louder than words. Not only do actions speak louder than words, but actions actually speak/reflect our internal attitudes/beliefs.  The words, feelings, and thoughts that no one sees or hears.  Yet, as hard as we may try to suppress our innermost attitudes/beliefs, our actions are acting like a megaphone announcing the “hidden” internal world of our hearts.    megaphone

But, IF we follow Solomon’s principle in verse 3, THEN, v.4, we’ll find favor with God, and favor with people, and earn a good reputation.     A win-win!!    thumbs up

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