The Bible is a God-inspired, collection of books that serves to reprimand, correct and teach us sound doctrine.
Because God loves us unconditionally, He left us an “instruction manual” that tells us how we should live our lives. These are not suggestions, these are commands.
Just like parents set the rules in their households, so does God. We warn our children of the consequences of their actions, we discipline and correct them when they misbehave and we give them various opportunities to rectify their wrongdoings.
Even when they continue to defy us and break our rules, we continue to love them.
God does, too! He continues to love us when we fail Him, when we break His commandments and when we refuse to correct our behavior. What a merciful God we serve?!
“And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Timothy 3:15-17; KJV
There are many stories in the Bible that show what the consequences of obedience and disobedience are. We read about God’s mercy, His warnings, His love, and anger, among other things.
For example, David’s fleshly desires caused him to sin. He committed adultery and tried to cover up his sin. The woman conceived and because of sin, the child died. David displeased God. (Read the full story here: 2 Samuel 11 & 2 Samuel 12)
In another example, Abraham and his wife Sarah entered a new town during their travels. Abraham feared that he would be killed because of his wife’s beauty. They decided to lie about their relationship. The King took her as his wife. However, God warned Abimelek, in a dream, that Sarah is a married woman and if he touched her there would be consequences. (Read the full story here: Genesis 20)
There are consequences to our actions.
The Lord sends many warnings before unleashing his judgment; however, many people refuse to listen to God. Through the Word, He calls out our sin, He urges us to make changes to our behavior and He tells us how much he loves us. But people aren’t listening.
Many people refuse to correct their behavior because they believe scripture is “hateful and untrue”, “it is my life and I live like I want to” and “we can’t say that; it’s offensive”, among other thoughts.
God loves us. His mercy abounds. He dislikes sin. He is holy.
“But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:” 1 Peter 1:15-17; KJV
He gave us rules to live by and the ability to make our own choices. However, there are eternal consequences to choosing God or rejecting Him. This choice cannot be corrected once we die.
“But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:22-23; KJV
It’s your choice to make! Eternal life or death? Which one will you choose?