“If you live by the sword, you will die by the sword.”
I was moved by that line last night while watching the premier of A.D. I get the impression that God is saying, “The tool you use to destroy others, will be the same tool used to destroy you.”
I see countless applications or parallels to such truth, on many different levels. Basically, whatever our “vice” is, or whatever less-than noble outlet we use to get what we want–that will be the very same thing that will destroy us if we aren’t careful.
If we constantly lie to others to get what we want, we will sooner or later feel the devastating effects of being lied to.
If we are constantly criticizing and condemning others, we will soon be the one criticized or condemned.
If we cheat and steal, we are right around the corner from being cheated or stolen from.
If we constantly seek comfort from things like drugs, sex and alcohol, those very same addictions that we use to cope with life’s problems, will bring us more of what we are seeking to escape in the first place.
It all sounds a lot like “what goes around comes around” or the basic notion of the eastern philosophy of karma doesn’t it?
However though, God does want us to understand the laws of sowing and reaping. I believe this is one of the most powerful ways that God teaches, chastens and guides His children.
For example, have you ever had a close friend or loved one come to you for comfort after being slighted, hurt or offended in some particular way? You can attempt to offer sympathy and compassion, however, you will never really understand the feelings this created for the person who was hurt. Only when you find yourself personally hurt by someone in the same way and experience the same feelings, can you empathize and truly connect with the one wounded. Only then do you really know how they felt.
We often are totally oblivious to the ramifications of our actions on others–until the tables get turned. A “little white lie” seems so harmless until one of those fed to you brings you sleepless nights and emotional turmoil. Then you learn.
Sadly enough, we often don’t realize the danger of playing with fire, until we get burned.
I’ve heard it said the a smart man learns from his mistakes, but a smarter man learns from others’ mistakes. Well, I think I would add that the smart-EST man learns from God and follows His instruction.
1 Thessalonians 5:15 says:
“See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone.”
And 1 Peter 3:8-9 says:
“Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.”
So, let us keep Christ’s words in our heart and consider the ways we are “living by the sword” and how that could bring our own “death.”
Let us keep in mind what it says in Luke 12:3: “Whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light.” The truth will come out. God is eager to give us more empathy and understanding in dealing with people. Let us be wise and learn from God’s Word and the lives of others so as to prevent sowing bad seeds leading to a less-than desirable reaping in our lives.
Have you put anything out in life that you wouldn’t want coming back to you like a boomerang? Will you allow God to prune these fruitless branches so you can fully come into bloom?