Only the Truth - December, Chaplain Tom
Does God punish Christians for their sins? After all, we do still sin after we become Christians. So does God punish us for these sins we purposefully commit after we are Christians? I know that sin can and does have consequences here on earth, in the form of penalties for breaking the rule of law. For example, speeding, drunk driving, etc. All these have consequences, since they are breaking man’s law, not to mention God’s law. So, what about sins that break God’s law, but don’t break man’s law. Are there consequences for those? Sins like lying to make a sale, or bending the truth to get a better deal. Hmm, I wonder...No I don’t think God punishes us for our sins. The Bible tells us that Jesus died for the sins of the world. Jesus died for the sins of the WHOLE world, including mine, yours, and everyone else’s too. As a Christian, I have accepted Jesus’ sacrifice as a gift. I have opened the present of eternal life. I have crossed over from death unto life, but somehow...I still sin. St. Paul said; “the sin I commit comes from this body of death.” What Paul is saying, is that when he sins, it is not him sinning, but it is his well trained body that knows very well how to sin. You see, we have been changed on the inside, but we still live in this body that has been well trained to be selfish, arrogant, spiteful, lustful, etc. We still need to allow God to re-train our mind and body into a set of tools that will glorify Him. I don’t know about you , but before I accepted Christ as my savior, I got kind of tired of having to do it all myself, and take care of everything that needed to be taken care of. Now that I have Jesus, it is Kind of nice to have someone to lean on when I feel weak, because I know He is Strong!