A young man had a terrible falling-out with a neighboring farmer. One night, in an act of cruel vengeance, he crept through the neighboring fields, sowing the seeds of persistent, virulent weed. The weeds sprang up, and no amount of effort would eradicate them.
Years passed, and eventually the young man fell in love with the farmer’s daughter. He married her and, at length, inherited the farm. He later confessed that he was spending the rest of his life reaping what he had sown in that one act of angry folly.
(Nelson’s complete book of stories.)
How often has our anger caused us to years of anguish because we acted impulsively for a brief instance? The story illustrates a self-imposed justice that life seems to hand down upon us all. Our acts of anger often can become a ball and chain, and as we mature and we find ourselves shackled by our past in ways we often regret.
Fortunately, Christ gave us a key to these chains and a way to prevent any more self-imposed damage, its forgiveness. Forgiveness stops acts of anger, it stops the hate inside us and it stops future repercussion. But we have to institute the act of forgiving within our lives; it must become a daily practice. It should begin when we’re young and only end when we’ve taken our last breathe.
Should we fail to forgive, we’ll surly will reap what we sow both physically and spiritually. The physical may come back to us in ways we’ve never considered, but the spiritual will affect us in ways that will last forever.