I am wondering whether we would be a better people if sin was somehow linked to physical pain?
Now you may think I am going a bit weird but this is what I am pondering at the moment. I know that our sin sometimes does lead to physical pain to ourselves and to others but how about the Lord makes it so that each time we sin we have pain. Maybe we would sin less or maybe it would help us to be more aware of our sins. Maybe it would bring a level playing field where others who lie and cheat to gain a worldly advantage would cease their sin compelled to do so by their pain.
Isn’t the present system a little faulty where our penalty comes years and years later only when we die and are judged?
Doesn’t this allow us to feel like we can get away with things because there is no instant consequences?
There is a problem, isn’t there? We don’t get what we deserve straight away? There is no instant penalty or judgement so therefore we think we can get away with things. Isn’t this a little faulty? Wouldn’t it be better to have some sort of instant measure or penalty for sin. You know, you tell a lie and zappo! you get pain in your left leg or you murder someone or you commit adultery and zappo! you get pain all over your body.
Hmmm, how are we going to work out a fair system to administer the different levels of pain for the different sins? Should there even be different levels of pain?
Wait a minute! Have I completely lost my marbles!
Wouldn’t a fair system for each sin that we commit be death? Absolutely! The Bible confirms that the wages of sin is death. So if we received what we deserved immediately we would never live because the just penalty for our sin would be death. We would live for 2 seconds (probably less) and then die.
Wait a minute, again! Our sins have caused physical pain!
Jesus bore our sins on the cross and he accepted and endured tremendous physical pain on our behalf. Our sins caused His pain, and death, and separation from His Father.
So… our sins have and do cause pain – in the body of Jesus! And our life on this earth, what is it? – it is a time of grace.
Our life – it is all a time of grace!
It is a time of grace for each one of us to discover how wide and how deep and how high is the love of the Father for each one of us. Our lives are a time of grace for each one of us to discover Jesus and the grace and the forgiveness of the cross. Don’t waste a single moment.
If we received what we deserved we would never live at all.