There is a price to pay for being stupid, yes. And as much as we are able, it is good to seek restitution. Pay back what you owe as best you can. But some of the things we do are too expensive for us to repay. What do we do then?
Of all the things we do to others we are in debt to the ears of our souls. But aren’t we a creation of God also? And haven’t we done harm to ourselves? How do you pay that back?
You’re not rich enough to repay everything you’ve done. Taking money out of your wallet to put it back in your wallet is no repayment at all. I think this one through.
To make things right you need a third party who is greatly generous and compassionate, while at the same time being completely righteous and utterly just. In short, you need someone who is endlessly and eternally rich.
This is what the Gospel is.
God cannot lie. He said, I will forgive your sins and I will repay. Only come to me and let us reason together, that we may put a stop to this flood of destruction. You’ve heard it said that vengeance is mine, says the Lord. But so is justice, righteousness, mercy, love, and eternal life.
There is great anger in the Lord that he will unleash on the day when he judges all men. But in this day he is not angry. This is the day of salvation. This is the day when he works to secure the hearts and minds and souls of hundreds of millions of people.
If you’ve ever thought something through before, give this one your complete attention. If possible, give it more thought than you give the things of this world.
People say they want God’s will to be done. You know what, God wants to make you his holy and righteous child. That’s what he wants. If by chance you don’t believe that, then tell me why he sent his only Son to die on the cross.