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Several years ago a member of my Sunday school class was sharing about his son who had gotten into a personal mess, but later confessed his sin to God and to those who knew of his circumstances. The father said, “I’m truly grateful now that he has confessed, because now he won’t have to pay for what he has done.” God, he said, has made everything right. I found his words troubling.

I find them troubling, too. I’ve got to tell you that there are countless Christians whose sins are forgiven, but who are now weeping over the consequences of their sin. Some Christians believe that once they have confessed their sin, God miraculously deflects the fruit of their sin away from them. First John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” But don’t misunderstand this wonderful verse. While our sins are forgiven by God through Christ’s work on the cross, it doesn’t mean that we will necessarily escape the resulting backlash from our conduct. God does forgive sin and give us eternal life, but if we are convicted of a crime, our salvation doesn’t necessarily keep us from imprisonment.

As Galatians 6:7 says, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” There are consequences that come as a result of sinful thoughts and actions. Yes, there is forgiveness, but there are also, in many cases, heartbreaking results of sin.

BY Mike Kellogg

Mike Kellogg worked with Moody Radio for more than 40 years, beginning in 1972. For many years he was the reader on Continued Story and began hosting Music Thru the Night in 1982. He also read the Today in the Word devotional for Moody Radio for many years. In July 2014, Mike retired from full-time radio. He is a graduate of Cedarville University, and has served as adjunct faculty in English and Speech Communications at Moody Bible Institute. He is married to Nancy, and they have 6 children and 16 grandchildren.

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