“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked. For whatever a man sows, that he also will reap.” Galatians 6:7
This chapter is sensitive. I want you to be calm, careful, and understand clearly.
It is undisputable; God is merciful.
God’s estimate is the fact that He makes us responsible for our actions and makes us accountable for them. God’s mercy does not mean he will not hold you accountable for your actions and behaviours.
Some people often deliberately disobey God and think some days of prayer and fasting, with a countenance of remorse will undo or avert the consequence of their disobedience.
God is faithful and Just to forgive all sins, but what those people often overlook is the fact that, God’s love necessitates Him to allow you feel the pain of chastening and discipline. In other words, God by His mercy forgives, but by His love punishes and holds you accountable.
As much as I have worked with God, I have come to a realisation through hard learned and painful experiences that God’s mercy and readiness to forgive does not exclude an individual from facing the consequences or result of his actions.
Yes, it is true that: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1John 1:9.
God is faithful, but He still holds you accountable for your actions. He will not deny His word. He is always ready to forgive and blot out your sins, and will also cleanse you from every stain of unrighteousness. God is Faithful to forgive, but Just not to overlook disobedience which is unrighteousness.
“You have loved righteousness and hated iniquity, therefore God, Your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness above Your fellows.” Hebrew 1:9
You need to understand the nature of love to realize that true love is not administered by emotions but guided by principles. Likewise, mercy is not overlooking the wrong committed, but a response of judgement founded on understanding.
Therefore, it is impossible to mock God with disobedience and think you can display some emotions, having contravened the principles of Love, and not reap the consequences of your actions. Not so!
The process of cleansing which is often experiential conveys God’s Justice. This process entails chastening, rebuke, and trainings in righteousness. It is often painful and unpleasant to those who are willing to subject themselves to it.
“Therefore be humbled under the mighty hand of God, so that He may exalt you in due time, “I pet 5:6.
It is an act of love and just for a father to discipline his child, so also God demonstrates His love to his children by demanding accountability for their actions, and through the cleansing process of discipline and hardness, He purges them from unrighteousness.
“For the Lord corrects and disciplines everyone whom He loves, and He punishes, even scourges, every son whom He accepts and welcomes to His heart and cherishes.
You must submit to and endure [correction] for discipline; God is dealing with you as with sons. For what son is there whom his father does not [thus] train and correct and discipline?” Hebrew 12:6-7
Cleansing is not what is done without involving the person being cleansed, such as cleaning up a wound, washing off a blemish, cleaning a shit. The person involved must of necessity experience this process however unpleasant, shameful, and painful. So also when God cleanses, He does not exclude us from its experience, but His love only makes grace sufficient for us to bear its agonies.
“For the time being no discipline brings joy, but seems grievous and painful; but afterwards it yields a peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it [a harvest of fruit which consists in righteousness–in conformity to God’s will in purpose, thought, and action, resulting in right living and right standing with God].” Hebrew 12:11
As a believer, you must realise that, the wound of disobedience and sin may be cured by the mercy of God, but its scar may remain.
For instance, a child of God that indulged in fornication and gets pregnant outside wedlock; God will forgive her of fornication, but she must be responsible for the baby. Or a believer that got involved in fraud and is sentenced to prison for his crime; God will forgive him of his sin, but he may have to go to jail and manage the societal stigma of an ex-convict.
Friend, you can minimize the pains of discipline, grieves of foolishness, and the agonies of chastisement by living a life of obedience.
God is merciful but He will hold you accountable.