For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him, should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16
Sin is deadly! There are always consequences to making the decision to go against God.
Sin separates us from God! We cannot vacillate-be indecisive and usually obey God’s commands; but, then disobey God based on our personal desires. Eventually, our compromise to commit wrongdoing will become habitual and God’s truth will become blurred and insignificant in our lives.
In the legal system, a commutation of sentence is a reduction in sentence. In a commutation of sentence, the person is not absolved from a conviction completely; but his/her punishment is substituted with a lesser punishment. For example, a death sentence may be commuted to a sentence of life imprisonment.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23
When a person has a terminal illness, the disease is progressive, whether it is a slow or rapid pace, it is a certainty that a predictable death will occur.
Sin also brings a progressive and predictable death; when we sin against God, we decline spiritually which leads to loss of our promise of eternal life.
Sin always results in death! Although we may not immediately die a physical death when we sin against God, we should not believe that we have received a commuted sentence. It is from God’s wonderful grace and mercy that we are given the opportunity to confess and repent of our sins.
The Omniscient God knew that Adam and Eve would sin; therefore, we can be assured that Jesus’ commitment to die for us–the plan of salvation–was already in place prior to the creation of human life. Remember we are the children of God who were created out of love and in the image of God. It would serve no purpose for God to create us to destroy us.
We must contemplate on the full pardon that we have received from Jesus’ death. He agreed to take the punishment that we deserve for our willful choice to sin. What is more important than life? We are of free will to believe in Christ and accept the greatest gift of eternal life, based on the condition of faithfully obeying God and renouncing sin.
The Pardon from sin has made us free!
Prayer for today: Dear God, We thank you for the gift of your Son who agreed to die for our unrighteousness. We ask you to forgive us for our willful rebellion against you. It is our desire to renounce the sinful pleasures of this world and dedicate our lives to you. We look forward to the gift of eternal life. Thank you for hearing and answering our prayer. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019