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Sow for yourselves according to righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God); reap according to mercy and loving-kindness. Break up your uncultivated ground, for it is time to seek the Lord, to inquire for and of Him, and to require His favor, till He comes and teaches you righteousness and rains His righteous gift of salvation upon you. (Hosea 10:12, Amplified)

The most famous biblical Law of Compensation is: We reap what we sow (cf. Hosea 10:12-14 and Galatians 6:7). For sure, it is true that if we plant tomatoes, then we will reap tomatoes; and it is true that if we plant weeds, then we will reap weeds.

Therefore, it should come as no surprise that if we plant seeds of love, mercy, forgiveness, peace, holiness, righteousness, and kindness, then we will reap the fruits of love, mercy, forgiveness, peace, holiness, righteousness, and kindness. Conversely, if we sow the seeds of anger and hatred, then we will reap the fruits of hostility and loathing.

Concerning reaping harvests of hostility and loathing, the Prophet Hosea says, to the nation of Israel and to anyone who behaves the same way God’s chosen people behaved, that:

You have plowed and plotted wickedness, you have reaped the [willful] injustice [of oppressors], you have eaten the fruit of lies. Because you have trusted in your [own] way and your chariots, in the multitude of your mighty men, Therefore shall a tumult arise against your people and all your fortresses shall be wasted and destroyed…. (Hosea 10:13-14a, Amplified)

The simple Divine Truth is that when we practice treating our neighbors as we would treat ourselves, we not only will be in harmony with what is known as the Golden Rule but also we will reap God’s heavenly benefits—we will benefit from God’s fair and just Compensation Plan (cf. 2 Thessalonians 1:4-6). Thus, we must know what we are sowing, because our sowing will determine what we will reap!