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Men Reap as They Sow.

Men Reap as They Sow.

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BY JOEL HAWES, D. D.

Galatians vi : 7. Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap
BY JOEL HAWES, D. D.

Galatians vi : 7. Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap

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MEN REAP AS THEY SOW.
BY JOEL HAWES, D. D.Galatians vi : 7. Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. There is a beautiful and most instructive correspondence or analogy running through all the works of God. None of his laws, either in the natural or moral world, interfere with each other, but all are harmonious, and all combine to form a sys-tem perfectly adapted to show forth the wisdom, power and goodness of the Creator, and to secure the best good of men. Hence, the books of creation, providence and revelation do in fact, compose but one great volume, every part of which is con-sistent with every other part, and the lessons taught us in one portion are adapted and designed to give us a better understand-ing of the lessons taught us in any other portion. And this harmony is not confined to the things of time, but extends to another world, and is to receive its most perfect illustration in the retributions of eternity. This truth lies on the whole face 362 MEN REAP AS THEY SOW. of the Scriptures, but is nowhere expressed in a more condensed form than in our text — Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he
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also reap. There is a principle involved in these brief words, which is of great practical importance, and of very wide appli-cation. It is this; — Human actions draw after them conse-quences corresponding with the nature of those actions. In other words, the results of the conduct of men in this life bear the same relation to that conduct as the harvest does to the seed sown. I shall begin with offering a few familiar illustrations of this principle as witnessed in the common affairs of life, in the hope that I shall thus be able to show more clearly and usefully its bearing on the higher interests of the soul and eternity. I re-mark then — 1. The assertion of our text is literally true. The figure is taken from agriculture, and expresses a fact with which we are all familiar. If a man sows wheat in his field, he reaps wheat ; if he sows barley, he reaps barley; if he sows tares, he reaps tares. Every kind of grain produces its like; and the quantity produced, as well as the kind, corresponds with the quantity and kind sowed, and with the diligence and care bestowed in cultivation. This is the general law, and we expect its uni-formity and permanency with the same certainty that we do any other law of nature. Now it is from this fact in agriculture that the figure in our
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text is taken. And how instructive ! Whenever the husband-man goes forth and sows his prepared acres, or the reaper gath-ers in the harvest, or the passer by surveys the crop as he looks abroad upon the fields, waving with the ripening grain, and fruits of various kind, a voice continually sounds in the ears of each  — whatsoever ye sow, that shall ye also reap. It is the voice of nature repeating the voice of revelation, and pressing home the great moral lesson, that actions and their consequences are in-separably linked together; that human conduct draws after it results corresponding with its nature and intent. 2. We see the principle of our text illustrated in the culture of the mind. Here it holds true that whatsoever a man sow-eth, that he also reaps. The mind may be considered as a field or garden, committed to him who possesses it for cultivation. If he diligently and in proper season bestows the requisite labor in planting and sowing good seed, in due time, his garden is en-riched with beautiful plants, and flowers, and fruits, and yields MEN REAP AS THEY SOW. 363 him an abundance of all that is charming to the eye and grate-ful to the taste. On the other hand, if he neglects the necessary care of sowing and cultivation, the garden — I speak figuratively
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