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Proverbs 1:31 NIV

“they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.”

The Cambridge Bible simplifies this verse to the biblical truth, “as they sow, so shall they reap”. In Galatians Paul shares this with the reminder that God will not be mocked. The idea that we get away with sin is a dangerous lie. Recently I’ve heard a couple people walk boldly into selfish sin using the excuse that it is ok because God will forgive them. Although it is true that Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross paid the price for all of our sin from our past, present and future, we see in this verse and other places throughout scripture that their is a penalty, a steep penalty, paid for the willful act of sin. There is a price in broken fellowship with God while we walk in intentional disobedience. We are also out from under the umbrella of protection enjoyed by God’s faithful followers. Working with teenagers for many years I have seen young people participate in sinful activities who are suffering consequences that will be there for the rest of their lives. It may be the result of driving under the influence. Perhaps it’s a sexually transmitted disease or the loss of an opportunity in a career or academically that will never be overcome. We know God forgives and redeems, however the consequences are unavoidable. Actually, they are avoidable by living and walking faithfully with God. Today flee the temptation to cheapen the grace of God. #BeTheEdge

“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” Galatians‬ ‭6‬:‭7‬ ‭NIV‬‬

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