We learn early in life that while the good acts that we do attract recognition and praise, bad behavior attracts condemnation and punishment. As such, it’s part of our human nature to attribute every pain that we go through with punishment. The first thing that we think about when we go through trouble is that maybe we are being punished for some bad things that we or our relatives did. While it’s not all suffering that is as a result of our sins, the scriptures makes it clear that what we sow is what we reap. What however we may not not is the fact that God’s punishment is always tampered with a level of grace and his love is still evident in the face of pain. God is not a police officer busy hunting down offenders to punish but rather a loving Father who participates in the pain and the discipline of his children. Many times He does not treat us as our sins deserve an there is so much leniency on the part of His judgements that are still filled with mercy. We should at all times irrespective of what we are going through remember that we deserve worse! Only the grace of a compassionate God withholds the fierce judgement that we truly deserve. What more, when we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us. We may suffer the consequences for our mistake but we God withholds the judgement we deserve on account of the penalty paid by Jesus Christ. Are you tempted to be mad with God because you think He is over punishing you and maybe for some mistakes you even don’t know? Do you think your suffering is an adequate punishment for your sins? Change your attitude today and thank him for his grace in your pain now that you know it could have been worse but God restrained it.
“He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.” Psalm 103:9-10 NIV
Last modified: July 18, 2020