The Bible teaches and nature tells us that “you reap what you sow.”
This “peace prayer” attributed to the 12th-century monk, Francis of Assisi, offers us a scriptural alternative to our culture’s practice of retaliation and retribution.
Lord, make us instruments of Thy peace.
Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is error, the truth;
Where there is doubt, the faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled, as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
So, what are you sowing?
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman