Summary: Everything that we do on this earth has a corresponding consequences whether for good or evil that we do to ourselves or to the people close to us. This is the ripple effect of our lives on the people that we come in contact with.
Every action we do on this earth has a corresponding reaction whether for good or for evil.
Many people don't really understand it or they are not aware of it, but that is the truth of life.
Every thing we do on this earth has a corresponding consequences whether for good or evil that we do to ourselves or to the people close to us.
For instance, when you decide not to go to work one day, the result is you will not get paid for that day, and ultimately, if you do that more often, you will get fired from your job, your paycheck at the end of the month will suffer.
Then, you might not be able to buy the things you need and your mortgage might not get paid and your children will have no food to eat.
And so, you have to go to work and do your work well so that you will be promoted and the result will ultimately be good.
People also call this as the principle of cause and effect.
For every motive, there is a corresponding outcome.
For every action done, there is a resulting reaction.
You can either hurt people or bless people and the consequences will then follow.
You can either encourage people or discourage people by your words and your actions.
This is also called the ripple effect of life.
When you toss a small pebble or stone into a glassy pond, watch the ripple effect that will happen within the pond.
It all starts with a crystal clear pond, then the ripples generated by that stone get larger and larger and eventually encompass the entire pond.
The water becomes cloudy and gloomy.
The ripple effect on life can be in the form of our gradual and continuing spread of our influence to people.
When we keep on doing good to people, they will share their thoughts to others about us who will be spread to other people and the positive thoughts concerning us becomes a word of mouth that reaches even to people who are far from us.
Pretty soon, everyone in the neighborhood has heard our good deeds.
Our influence whether good or bad had a ripple effect on the lives of the people we come in contact with.
The same principle of cause and effect is being taught in the Scriptures.
It is also called the principle of sowing and reaping.
2 Cor. 9:6 "Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously."
If you sow generosity to the lives of people, you will ultimately receive generosity in return.
This law of sowing and reaping is applicable to all areas of life: in relationships, in our finances, in our physical body, in everything we do.
Whatever we sow early in life, someday we are going to reap as we grow older.
If you keep on smoking cigarettes, ultimate, you will get a lung cancer in old age.
If you hate studying and not want to go to school, you can end up homeless or a beggar someday, God forbid.
When you deposit money even in small amounts each month in your early life, ultimately, you will be able to withdraw a substantial amount of retirement cash after many years.
That is true also in the words that we speak or in our relationship to people.
Whatever we deposit is going to be returned to us in full.
If you sow criticism from other people, you are going to reap criticism from other people.
If you sow kindness, you are going to reap kindness.
If you plant apple seeds, you don't get grapes as fruits; you get apples.
That is also called the law of the harvest.
Every action has a corresponding reaction.
That ripple effect is also true in our relationship to eternal things.
The Scripture calls this the principle of binding and loosing.
Matthew 16:19 (NIV) "I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."
God has given us, Christians the key or the authority to loose and to bind on earth that has eternal consequences.
When we pray for people on this earth, the Lord in heaven will hear our prayers.
When we speak words of comfort to our hearers, the Lord in heaven will bring comfort to those who would receive us.
When we announce the Good News of salvation, it has spiritual consequences to those hungry for the truth.
Whatever we bind on earth will be bind in heaven.
Whatever we loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
Our words have power.
Our actions have meanings.
Every action we take, every words we speak and every thought we entertain has a corresponding eternal significance.