God’s forgiveness is bigger than any sin, but sadly it doesn’t keep the sinner from suffering the consequence of what he did.
Understand this: To forgive is to eliminate the anger or hurt against the one who sinned. However, forgiveness does not deal with the consequences of the sin, just the sinner.
I have observed that those who live in sin for a while postpone repenting and changing because of the desire to “enjoy themselves a little bit longer.” Perhaps in their subconscious they tell themselves, “I know I have to change, I will change, but not now… Just a little bit longer… I’ll fix things with God and the world later.”
It’s the syndrome of the thief who is always caught in their “last time” stealing. “Just this last time, I’ll stop after this.” Then they end up in prison, and pray to God promising they will change. And God forgives them. But the thief will still have to pay his debt to society and serve his time in prison.
God forgives the drunk and the drug addict, but their body will pay the price.
God forgives adultery. But the child that came as a result or the memory of the adultery will always be there – whether the marriage goes on or not.
God forgives your irresponsible expenses. But you’re the one who will have to pay the credit card bill.
God forgives your lie. But perhaps the people you lied to will take a long time to trust you again – if they are able to get over what you did.
That’s why, our spiritual intelligence tells us the best thing to do is not to sin in the first place. But in case you have already, stop while your ahead.
Someone once said: the first thing to do when you’re at the bottom of a hole is stop digging.
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Bp Renato Cardoso