R.E.A.P

Choosing the word REAP was not just a lucky acronym

Esther 7:1-10

Reference: v.10 So Haman was hanged on the very gallows that he had built for Mordecai. And the king’s hot anger cooled. (The Message Bible)

Explore: I have been R.E.A.Ping through the Bible for over seven years now.  Each day I read a chapter of the Bible and then step through my REAP process.  I pick a verse to Reference, I Explore how that relates to every day life, I Apply it to my own life and then I Pray to God about what I have learned.  Choosing the word REAP was not just a lucky acronym, but I truly believe that if I continue to read the Bible regularly, then I will reap Godly wisdom in my life.

Application: A common biblical saying is ‘People reap what they sow’.  If I was to plant carrots in my garden then I know in a couple of months time, all things being well, I will gather a harvest of long, thin, orange vegetables.  If I go looking for beans or capsicums, then I have planted the wrong seed.  So, too, in our lives, we reap what we sow.  If we sow gossip, bitterness and hatred, then that is what will be the result in our lives.  However, if we are keen to reap happiness, love and peace, then we need to be conscious about sowing those characteristics into other people’s lives.  In the book of Esther we see a gentleman who sowed jealousy, hatred and greed and in the end he suffered the pain that he wanted to inflict on others.  If we desire to reap great things in our life, then we need to be willing to sow those things throughout our life and the lives of others.

Prayer: Lord, help me to sow love, grace, peace and justice all throughout the world, so that I may also reap these things in my own life. Amen.

What is it you would like to reap in your life?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.

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