When The Consequence Remains
Updated: Jun 30
Dear child of God,
The consequence isn't the end of the story.
They are often a part of it though. God always forgives when we ask, but that doesn't mean we are always spared consequence. Some are temporary while others remain for life.
Life-long sentences are the ones I usually struggle the most over in my faith walk. These consequences tempt me to doubt God's love and forgiveness. Shame and regret try to take root there. The ongoing consequences make redemption hardest for me to see because it raises this question: If forgiven then why the ongoing source of pain?
Because He loves His children.
Consequences are not intended for evil, but for good. They are grace tools that teach God's character of holiness and justice while also making us more like Him.
They consistently help root out pride that wants to take dominion in the heart and serve as a reminder of the never-ending need for Jesus They equip one to extend the compassion, forgiveness, and grace that's been given to others who have also fallen.
Consequences are like a scar from a burn that gives a visual reminder of what not to touch. They redirect the heart when it wants to stray during the journey Home - where we will be made whole with Christ.
I look forward to the end of my story - being free of this broken world. In the meantime, I praise Him for mercies that are new every morning. May the Father help us trust His character, love, and good purpose through the use of consequences.
"[God[ disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed." Hebrews 12:10-13