Consequences of Sin
“What misery is mine! I am like one who gathers summer fruit at the gleaning of the vineyard; there is no cluster of grapes to eat, none of the early figs that I crave. The godly have been swept from the land... All men lie in wait to shed blood; each hunts his brother with a net. Do not trust a neighbor; put no confidence in a friend. Even with her who lies in your embrace be careful of your words—a man's enemies are the members of his own household. But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.” - Micah 7:1-7 Oh the consequences of sin! The land fails, friends fail, and even beloved ones cannot be trusted when there is climate of sin.
There is a famous lawsuit brought by a baker against a farmer in the courts of England. In the suit, the baker charged the farmer with continually giving him less butter for the price.
He said, “When he first started selling me butter, he gave me a true pound, but gradually he has been giving me less and less butter for the pound, until now I am actually only getting twelve ounces but paying for a full pound!”
The farmer, in his defense, said to the judge, “Sir, I only have a balance scales to measure the butter. So I always put the baker’s pound loaf of bread on the scales and match it with equal amounts of butter. My pound of butter equals his pound of bread!”
If we begin to cut corners and cheat in life, trying to skirt God’s laws and hoping to get away with it, the scales will tip against us. The weight of our sin eats away at the blessings God desires and plans for us.
Sin brings consequences of tremendous sorrow and sadness.
Sin is always a journey to loneliness and emptiness.
In your life you will experience one of two pains. The pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The pain of regret is far worse. If God disciplines you, calling you back to Him, listen, respond, take your consequences with a grateful heart, then allow Him to heal and bless you.
No matter what your sin may be, or how far you have strayed – even if it’s just a little ways off, repentance will always result in God’s forgiveness and not only bring the scales back into balance, but cause you to overflow with God’s abundance and blessings!
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” —1 John 1:9
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