“For I recognize my rebellion; it haunts me day and night. Against you, and you alone, have I sinned; I have done what is evil in your sight. You will be proved right in what you say, and your judgment against me is just.” Psalms 51:3-4 NLT
Here in the verse above the Psalmist David is displaying a very public confession to God. David had committed adultery with Bathsheba and had her husband killed to cover up his wrong. David repented to God by acknowledging:
- His rebellion against a holy God
- David confesses that his sin haunts him day and night
- He said, ‘against You, and You only, have I sinned’
- David acknowledges that what he had done was evil in God’s sight
- He understood that there was consequences involved when he said, ‘your judgement against me is just’.
How often when we sin, do we feel entitled to forgiveness and subsequently expecting no consequences because we sought God’s grace and unmerited mercy for forgiveness. How uncomplicated living a life of sin would be if there were no consequences after God forgives us. We must be reminded that -Sin always produces consequences.
Sin haunts you day and night with feelings of guilt, suicidial thoughts, remorse, painful memories, discomfort, regret and tears. Sin is always sweet when you are committing the act, but the payment is exorbitant. The enjoyment, excitement, and thrill blinds us from the reality of regret and the consequences which no one can avoid.
Sin is open rebellion against God’s Word. To anyone who knows what’s wrong and continues to do it – it’s a SIN. When we choose to do things our way regardless of the nudging of the Holy Spirit (conscience) we are sinning in open rebelliousness against God. Open and deliberate rebelliousness against God has serious repercussions.
God ALWAYS forgives us of our sins when we confess them, but, you cannot avoid the consequences. A person can openly and repeatedly confess with great sorrow to living an adulterous life, but you cannot escape the unpardonable toll it takes on you, your marriage, your home and your family. God can forgive murderers, but the penalty of the death laws of the country are unavoidable. Re: Sexual sins, sure God can pardon, but the disease (AIDS) and the slow painful death is unavoidable.
God gives to all of us a full life of numerous choices. No one is ever forced into sin. Sin is a choice we all independently make. The Bible says, we are drawn away or enticed by our own lust. The orgin of one’s temptation is found in the heart. It’s a heart condition that draws anyone to sin. It takes one seed of a sinful thought to produce the oak tree effect.
God’s judgement is always upright. He’s a fair God. Forgiveness is always available, that’s why Jesus went to the cross, but, the consequences are guaranteed to haunt you day and night. There’s no reset buttons in life. You cannot undo anything , whatever your choices may be it has a lasting impact on your life. When confronted with sin think twice of the consequences. No amount of tears and remorse erases the pain.
Before you act, make certain that you’re aware of the potential repercussions of the pain and discomfort your pending action is about to create. If you have to sneak to do it, or lie to cover it up, or delete it before it is seen – then you should THINK before doing it. Sin always, always makes you uncomfortable before committing it. It’s the rebellion that brings on the consequences.
One simple prayer from a sincere heart produces courage and strength to carry the weight of the consequences.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. Do not banish me from your presence, and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you.” Psalms 51:10-12 NLT
Thought: God didn’t move around the tree in the garden of Eden nor did He hide it. He left it in the view of Adam and Eve to see it every day. God simply told them NOT to eat from it.
We all have the freedom to make our own choices, but we can’t play VICTIM to the circumstances we create ourselves.
ACTIONS and CONSEQUENCES are a package deal. They go together as a Mr and Mrs – they are inseparable.
When you choose your behavior, you choose your consequences.