|“You may feel that because your heart does not condemn you that God is well pleased with your life; your heart may not condemn you, but that does not mean you are acquitted.” … “The standard of evaluation is not your feelings, but Scripture.” … “In the day of judgment, God will call you to account, not on the basis of how you feel, but on the basis of your walking in obedience to His commandments.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter Henrichsen
“For he will render to every man according to his works.” Romans 2:6
Mercy is the setting aside of justice, it is not the setting aside of consequences. The mercy of God does not eliminate the consequences of the sin. If you stand on the tallest building in a large city, and in a moment of despair jump, and on the way down realize your mistake and ask God’s forgiveness, He doesn’t stop the fall.
Your thirteen-year-old son, in violation of your will, takes the family auto for a drive, and in the process has a wreck. You confront him with the repair bill, and he begs your forgiveness. After freely forgiving him he says, ‘Wonderful, now I do not have to pay for the repairs.” You gently correct him on this point of misunderstanding, and he counters, “Then what good did it do me in being forgiven?” Your biblical response is, “It restored the relationship.” Consequences are very different from punishment.
The follower of Christ can easily be deceived on this point, thinking that God’s forgiveness eliminates the consequences of his sin. Paul reminds the Corinthians, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”24 This is not judgment for sin, for Christ handled that on the cross. Rather it is the time of reaping the consequences of the life you have lived.
The “law of the harvest”25 is the assurance that such reaping will take place. The promise of no sorrow or tears in heaven will not ameliorate facing a time of accounting. You will carry into eternity the product of your investment in this life. Life is too short and the stakes too high to live mediocre lives.24 II Corinthians 5:10 25 Galatians 6:8
Genesis 43-45 Matthew 12:24-50 (New King James Version)
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Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:2
Devote yourselves to Prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The Prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16
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