Well, I don’t think he was expecting this. Then again, I don’t think we expect a lot of things.
Some of the things we don’t expect are consequences of our sin. But here is the simple truth: Sin Has Consequences.
When you begin to read any of the Old Testament, you will begin to come to this conclusion pretty quickly. If you think about your sin in your life, you will realize the consequences of these actions.
Look at this poor guy getting hit in the face with a dodgeball. Somebody threw this ball at him. The consequences are as follows: the victim will probably have a big red spot on his face, the wife of the victim will be upset, the wife of the thrower will probably be upset, the victim may feel like nobody likes him anymore, and the list goes on.
You see how one decision causes a chain reaction of events. The consequences not only affected the one who threw the ball, but it also affected the victim and potentially more people.
Our sin has consequences. Period.
Jeremiah told the people of Judah that their sin was affecting everyone. He was telling the parents that their sin was affecting their children!
But, God was going to make a new covenant.
“This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.” (Jeremiah 31:33 NIV)
Here are the Conversation Starters for this week:
- Have you sinned this week?
- What was it, and what were the consequences of that sin?
- Did your sin affect somebody else?
- Did you want to take back what you did when you saw that it affected someone else?
- Did you know that your sin directly affects God?
- Have you asked for forgiveness this week?
- Let’s take some time to pray.
As always, adjust where needed. God bless!