Karma… Or Is It Grace?

14 Jan

Karma…or is it Grace?

Grandfather always taught me to love others and used the Bible to reinforce his words. He told me never do wrong to a person, for any reason, because it will always come back and bite you. It may take a while, he said, but sooner or later you will pay for the wrong you did. The Bible teaches us that we reap what we sow. Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. Galatians 6:7

This is what some people refer to as karma. Karma means action, work or deed; it also refers to the spiritual principle of cause and effect where intent and actions of an individual (cause) influence the future of that individual (effect). Good intent and good deeds contribute to good karma and future happiness, while bad intent and bad deeds contribute to bad karma and future suffering.

In other words every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Newton third law, except in this case the reaction may take a long time to come back and bite you. Though Karma had it’s start in the far Eastern religions, it does appear to have seeped into the Christian world also. The Bible does not teach karma. It teaches grace. Grace is where you get what you don’t deserve. Grace is unmerited favor. It is love and mercy bestowed upon us by God because He desires us to have it. As you can see, very different to karma. More like polar opposites. It was grace, not karma, that rescued the baby Moses from death. It was grace that allowed Queen Esther to plead for the survival of her people. Grace helped Nehemiah rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. Grace appeared face to face with Saul on the Damascus road.

Grace reached out to you and me while we were sinners deserving death and took our place. And it disappoints me that we have forgotten. It disappoints me we are more inclined to look for karma than we are to look for grace.

John 13: 34, 35 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.

I think, if we follow this one commandment, and treat every one with love, He will bless us with his grace. If we fail to follow this commandment, He could withhold His blessings from us.

Over the years Grandfathers wisdom has come to me in dark times to remind me of the life lessons I was taught. Galatians 6:7 in particular has taught me that love overcomes all evil and as long I share the blessings and love God has given me, He will always have more for me to share.

Love is never wasted and can be contagious so feel free to give away. In most cases it comes back two fold.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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