Grace and Consequences

2 Samuel 12:1-4 “The Lord sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said “There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor. The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him. Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him.”

Sin, mercy, grace and consequences. Samuel sinned. He not only had eyes on another man's wife, but he planned out a process to get what he wanted at the expense of another human being.

Sin happens! We, you and I, are only human. There are times in my humanity that I want mercy and grace from my sins… from the result of my sins. I don’t want to suffer the consequences.

It can be as easy as speeding in traffic and seeing a policeman on the side of the road with a speed detector. I find myself pleading, praying that I don’t get a ticket. Or, it can be harder, like taking advantage of my wife or another human being in a situation I have some control of, and absolutely regretting what I have done. I find myself pleading, begging for forgiveness and truthfully trying to forego the consequences of my actions.

Our actions have consequences.

Larron Jackson has taught me love, mercy, and grace are forever, eternal, unending, but mercy, grace, and forgiveness do not negate consequences.

There are consequences to our decisions, to our actions… and there are consequences to our indecision and inaction.

May you know you are loved! Deep in your soul, in every situation know you are loved! May you know grace and mercy and forgiveness and love.

And may we, you and I, accept the consequences of our actions in love and with love.

And may we, you and I, make decisions and take action to uplift ourselves and others. To support and provide comfort, to welcome and care for the lonely, the lost, and the alien.

And may the consequences of our actions be that we come to know our GOD… our Creator, Lord and Savior more. Precious Father, Loving GOD, Holy Spirit, AMEN!

Jim Dietvorst

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