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Friday, 22 June 2012

Cause and Effect

It is a small, chaotic world. Spain is back in recession. According to National Public Radio, “Official data on Monday confirmed Spain is back in its second recession in three years after shrinking by 0.3 percent in the first quarter, following a similar decline in the previous three-month period.” The source states, “Ratings agency Standard & Poor's last week downgraded Spain to just three notches above junk, following up the move on Monday by lowering its rating for 11 Spanish banks.” “Investors are worried that Spain will not be able to support its banks, which are burdened with massive amounts of bad loans from an imploded property market. But rescuing Spain, the fourth-largest economy in the 17-country eurozone, might prove too expensive for the continent's bailout funds.” [1]

During the past several years, it has been easy to see how a change in one location can impact other areas. Imagine the people who are living in Spain right now. Similar to the people of the United States starting around 2008, some Spanish people must be wondering about the leaders of their country and the world, and the effects they have on others.

Cause and effect is constant, and is referred to as causality, which is an action or event that produces a response to the action in the form of another event. The second event can be viewed as a consequence of the first event. Our lives are permeated by causality. What we do today or at this very moment has an effect on someone else, either positive or negative. How is that so? Consider the following scriptures.

Proverbs 11:24-25 describes a person who is generous and as such receives back. “There is one who scatters, and yet increases all the more, And there is one who withholds what is justly due, and yet it results only in want. The generous man will be prosperous, And he who waters will himself be watered.” (NASB)

Galatians 6:7-8 tells us that we will reap what we will sow. “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.”

Matthew 5:7 is clear about our approach to having mercy on others, “Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.”

Luke 6:30-38 instructs us to do good, love our enemies, be merciful, not judge, and exhibit Christian-like attributes. “Give to every man that asketh of thee... For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”

Psalm 41:1 says to consider the helpless and by doing so the Lord will deliver you. “Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble.”

1 Peter 2:17 tells us to respect others. “Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king.” (NASB)

Every action that you take, every word that you speak, and every thought that you contrive has an effect on others. In their causality, your works and words do not go unnoticed.

[1] https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=151662609
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