We bought a farm. An acre of land surrounded by fields. Last year the other farmers around us planted soybean, and this year it's corn. When it's time for them to harvest this year, they will reap corn.
The other day, we went out to our garden to pull what we planted. We have produced an abundance of zucchini, squash, and tomatoes. Though a smaller crop, we also have watermelons and pumpkins, too.
The fact that we reaped the fruits and vegetables we planted months ago reminded me of Paul's encouraging words in Galatians 6:9 when he said, "Let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not."
Seeds of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control harvest these characteristics in our life and heart. They come because of the Holy Spirit working in our lives. When we extend grace, mercy, and forgiveness toward others, our returns will be the same.
Maybe not always from the same people, but good seeds produces healthy fruit. So as we plant these seeds into the lives of others, we can definitely expect this kind of harvest when the timing is just right. We do reap what we sow, because God promises that He is not mocked.