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He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
( 2 Corinthians 9:6 )

On my father's farm were certain fields he sowed by hand. He would strap on a canvas contraption that looked somewhat like a kangaroo pouch, fill it with seed, and go out to sow. He would cast seed everywhere.

When a farmer sows seed in his field, it looks like he's throwing it away. It seems to be lost, but it isn't really gone. In due time he gets it back—with much more besides.

When we give ourselves to Christ, it may seem to people as if we're throwing our life away. But He said that it's only as we lose our lives in Him that we find true life.
(Matt. 10:39)

Jesus teaches us to measure our lives by losses rather than gains, by sacrifices rather than self-preservation, by time spent for others rather than time lavished upon ourselves, by love poured out rather than love poured in.

It's a rule of life: God blesses those who give of their lives and resources (2 Cor. 9:6). Give out the truth you know, and He'll give you more to give away. Give your time, and you'll have more time to give. Set no limit on your love, and you'll have more love for others than before.

Israel's wise man said, "There is one who scatters, yet increases more." (Prov. 11:24)

It's one of the oldest paradoxes in the world, but it works.

We lose what on ourselves we spend;
We have as treasure without end
Whatever, Lord, to You we lend,
Who givest all.
—Wordsworth
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Don't Open Your Mouth Even With A Whisper When:

1 - In The Heat of Anger Prov. 14:17, "He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated."

2 - When You Don't Have All The Facts Prov. 18:13, "He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him."

3 - When You Haven't Verified The Story Deut. 17:6, "At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; but at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death.

4 - If Your Words Will Offend A Weaker Person 1 Cor. 8:11, "And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?"

5 - When It Is Time To Listen Prov. 13:1, "A wise son heareth his father´s instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke." The Same Words, from the same father, will be interpreted at Instruction or as Rebuke depending upon whether you are Wise or whether you are a Scorner.

6 - When You Are Tempted To Make Light of Holy Things Eccl. 5:2, "Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few."

7 - When You Are Tempted To Joke About Sin Prov. 14:9, "Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour."

8 - If You Would Be Ashamed of Your Words Later Prov. 8:8, "All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them."

9 - If Your Words Would Convey The Wrong Impression Prov. 17:27, "He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit."

10 - If The Issue Is None of Your Business Prov. 14:10, "The heart knoweth his own bitterness; and a stranger doth not intermeddle with his joy."

11 - When You Are Tempted To Tell An Outright Lie Prov. 4:24, "Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee."

12 - If Your Words Will Damage Someone Else's Reputation Prov. 16:27, "An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire."

13 - If Your Words Will Damage A Friendship Prov. 16:28, "A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends."

14 - When You Are Feeling Critical Eph. 4:31, "Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:" James 4:11, "Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge." Titus 3:1-5, "Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, 2 To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men. 3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. 4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, 5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;" 2 Peter 2:10, "But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities." Jude 8-9, "Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities. 9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee." James 3:9, "Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God."

15 - If You Can't Say It Without Screaming It Prov. 25:28, "He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls."

16 - If Your Words Will Be A Poor Reflection of The Lord or Your Friends And Family 1 Peter 2:21-23, "For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: 22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: 23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:"

17 - If You May Have To Eat Your Words Later Prov. 18:21, "Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof."

18 - If You Have Already Said It More Than One Time Prov. 19:13, "A foolish son is the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping."

19 - When You Are Tempted To Flatter A Wicked Person Prov. 24:24, "He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him:"

20 - When You Are Suppose To Be Working Instead Prov. 14:23, "In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury (poverty)"




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