Do we have to pay for our mistakes?

A quick thought on sharing on facebook.  I see the below image a lot.

But let us ask ourselves does it fit with scripture?

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23

People do have to pay for bad choices eternally.  I realize that isnt the intent of the picture.  Or is it?

We live in a society that wants to feel "guilt free" for sin.  People misuse and twist scripture.  It is often screamed that we are not supposed to judge.   There is truth in that, but it is a twisted truth.  We do see and weigh the fruits of others.  The point is we are not to issue corrections and rebukes without first repenting ourselves.  Ultimately, we do judge.  No one likes to be the recipiant of a correction.  Whether that be from a fellow believer sincerely trying to help you on your path or even from God.

It stings and hurts our pride.  It brings humility in a meek and open heart.  That is good.  But in many, they will resist the correction.  Pride will win.  Thus they lie to themslves and make excuse.  They oftentimes turn and attack, claiming no one should dare judge or correct them.  They lie to themselves saying they do not have to pay for their mistakes.

It is true we should not beat one another up for our mistakes.  We absolutely should leave matters alone if the person repents.  We have ALL needed grace and forgiveness.  Not one of us is better than the other. 

But that does not remove the fact there IS punishment for sin.  Just be sure you look at the second part of the above verse.  Accept the gift of eternal life through Christ Jesus! 

Only THEN may you view your past differntly. 
Only THEN it is under the blood of Christ. 
Only THEN can you NOT have to pay for your mistakes, IF you have truly repented of them. 

Praise God for that grace!  A sincere repentant heart does not have to pay for mistakes.  Jesus paid for them for us!

Please do not fail to see the whole picture.   I know many have shared that picture, or ones like it innocently.  Sometimes I have shared pictures without putting a lot of thought into their real meaning.  I do think it is important to be careful lest we unintentionally mislead others(or even ourself). 

May God guide us in all we do! 


  1. What you said is SO VERY TRUE. It is important for folks to realize that judgment/discernment is always happening...Both w/the saved & the lost. Every day. All the time. God is the judge of eternal matters (salvation & condemnation). We as Christians ARE to try every spirit, discern fact from fiction, etc.; best to be done w/the right attitude. Oh, that folks would awaken to truth & be dead to lies!


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