“Now therefore, please pardon my sin and return with me, that I may worship the Lord.” But Samuel said to Saul, “I will not return with you; for you have rejected the word of the Lord, and the Lord has rejected you from being king over Israel.” – 1 Samuel 15:25-26
King Saul sinned greatly in disobeying God’s command to utterly destroy the Amalekites. He first tried to deflect the blame, then he tried to justify his actions, and finally he attempted to get everyone to see it as a big mistake, forget it, and move on. Of course, God and Samuel would have none of it. Saul’s sin might be forgiven, but the consequences would not be evaded.
God is loving. He is also merciful, gracious, faithful, and just. Could a just God allow sin to go unpunished? One need only look to the cross of Christ for the answer. God didn’t even spare His own Son.
While sinful error can be forgiven by God through a relationship with Jesus, the consequences might remain for a lifetime. The Lord chastens those He loves, but He also rescues them. Do you love Him?
Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences. – Norman Cousins
Dr. David Pope is the Founder and CEO of Pope Initiatives. ARM Solutions is a division of Pope Initiatives that exists to activate collaborative efforts for sustainable impact among the global unreached.
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