Sunday Inspiration: The Consequences of Sin

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The Consequences of Sin

by Jim Hughes

Then the LORD said, “I will pardon them as you have requested. But as surely as I live, and as surely as the earth is filled with the LORD’s glory, not one of these people will ever enter that land…” – Numbers 14:20-22a (NLT)

Forgiveness does not eliminate consequences. The Lord forgives us, but we often have to live with the consequences of our sins. Sometimes it is short-lived, and sometimes it is for life. We can’t undo what has been already done. I believe that it is a blessing from God that we can’t.

We need to remember the destructive nature of sin so that we don’t repeat it. We must never forget the harm done by sin, to ourselves and to others. We must never forget what it was like to be alienated from God. We must know that we sin against God at our own peril.

I am so thankful that the Lord does forgive. He is able to forget what we have done when He does forgive us, but we aren’t. It is for our good that we can’t forget. He who ignores the pain and harm of sin committed does so at his own peril. It is often our best protection from repeating the sin.

It is also important for us to note that God forgave His people because Moses prayed on their behalf. We cannot take the leap and assume that the Lord will forgive everyone we pray for just because we pray for them. But, when we pray for others it opens the door for God to act on their behalf.

We have an important role to play in the salvation of souls.

The effectual fervent prayers of God’s children on the behalf of lost souls move God to make himself known to them. The Lord is merciful and gracious, not willing that anyone would die in their sins. Let us be like Moses and pray fervently for the lost souls who are a part of our lives.


About the Author

Jim Hughes at Mustard Seed Sentinel

I am a retired pastor having served the church mainly as a bi-vocational pastor for over 40 years. I have been married for over 40 years and we have two married children and a single son.

I have an online ministry, posting daily devotionals and tweeting on faith and marriage.

I have authored a series of devotional books covering every book of the Bible and several marriage books.

Readers can visit my webpage. I tweet at 4248 and I post devotionals at my blog and on Facebook.

You can read Jim’s “Sunday Inspiration” column on the 4th Sunday each month here at Mustard Seed Sentinel.