We all sin and fall short of God’s glory. That sin has consequences. Sometimes God uses those results to discipline us.
If I tell my son to wear his helmet when he rides his bike and he refuses, I will be helpless to protect his precious head if he crashes his bike. He will suffer pain in the aftermath. Most of the parenting books instruct us that natural consequences are highly effective teachers.
Do not be deceived by the enemy. All sin has ramifications even if they aren’t natural.
For a quick lesson, just look at the story of David and Bathsheba. Sin leads to more sin. David’s lust led to adultery and ultimately to deceit and murder. Our sin hurts others. Because of his indiscretions, David’s family was plagued by sin and fought for generations to come. The son produced by the affair died. Our sin is always against God even if it appears to have no earthly consequence. Delay of repentance causes deep anguish as evidenced by David’s cries in Psalm 32:3. Our sin creates a separation between us and God (Isaiah 59:2a). Our sin leads to death (Romans 6:23).
But God has provided a way out for us. His son paid the price, so that we might not suffer the eternal repercussions of our sin. He is worthy of our obedience because He shed His own blood to cleanse us from all our unrighteousness. His discipline should lead us to repentance.
So, do not despise the chastening or be discouraged by His rebukes. As I love and discipline my children so does He. His discipline produces the peaceable fruit of righteousness in us (Hebrews 12:3-11).
Are unconfessed sins causing you pain and suffering? Take them before the Lord and ask Him to lead you in His righteousness.
Forgive me all my sins for the sake of Your Son’s sacrifice. Lead me in the way of Your righteousness in all things. Save me from my sinful nature and make me clean.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.