We ARE Held Accountable For Our Sins

In the movie, “Patriot,” Mel Gibson plays the role of “Benjamin Martin.” Benjamin Martin was a farmer who was a great fighter. He is opposed to the Revolutionary War but then, changes his mind and joins. He loses two sons in the war. But Martin was known for fighting in an earlier war. One night, his older son asks him about that war and Martin tells him how they brutally killed people. Then he says, “I have often feared that I would be punished for my sins.” He thinks that the loss of his sons was God punishing him for his role in the war. That wasn’t true but, he thought it was.
But, we are held accountable for our sins. We don’t like to talk about that. We like to talk about grace and mercy but we aren’t fond of talking about accountability for our sins.
Years ago, the prophet Ezekiel told Israel they would be punished for their sins. He said, “I will call you to account for all your detestable sins.” Israel would be held accountable for their sins.
The same is true for us. Hear me clearly; God does love us. God forgives us. But, God hates sin. Sin put His Son on the cross. We will be held accountable for our sins.
We may already being held accountable for our sins. Maybe we have made mistakes in life. And, that has caused some things to happen that we don’t like but we have to live with.
For example… let’s say a divorce has taken place. And, as a result of the divorce a parent only gets to see their child every other weekend. I’m thankful I’ve never faced that. But that in itself, is a form of punishment.
Or, maybe we’ve made some bad financial decisions. God loves us and forgives us but maybe we have some debt from those mistakes and that limits things we can do. That is a form of punishment.
Or, let’s say someone has abused alcohol or drugs. The abuse did irreparable harm to their body. That is a form of punishment.
Or, let’s say someone goes through life and they don’t live for God. They party hard … they enjoy life with no regard for God. When they die, they will be held accountable for their sins.
God does love and forgives us but we are held accountable for our sins. Turn to God, before it’s too late.

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