I was laying in bed wondering why we don’t repent. Why don’t we live as the Bible says we should? As I kept thinking about this it seemed there was no one simple answer.

Do we not love Him? Yahshua said that if we love Him we will obey Him (John 14:15). Do we go around cheating on our spouse? If you love them, you would not do that to them. Failure to obey is not just merely sinning but rather cheating on our God. This is why He often calls those who say they love Him but sin whores and harlots (Jeremiah 3:1-5; Ezekiel 16:14-63).

Sin is more than just not doing what we are supposed to or doing what we are not supposed to. Sin is equal to cheating on God. In that case, maybe we look at sin too lightly. We look at sin as if we got angry with our spouse, or forgot to wash the dishes, or maybe refused to cook dinner this day. Sin is not this small, sin to God is like going out and finding that other person and laying in bed with them - sin is adultery.

As soon as we minimize sin in this way then we minimize the cross. We have mental knowledge that the cross was supposed to be this bad thing but we really don’t fully grasp the reality of how bad it was or why. When we minimize sin we then minimize the picture the cross shows. We always see the cross as a picture of God’s love for us, and that picture is there, but the picture of the cross is also a vivid painting of God’s hatred towards those who sin (Psalms 5:5, 11:5; Leviticus 20:23; Proverbs 6:16-19; Hosea 9:15). God crushed Yahshua as an example of his wrath towards the non-repentant (Luke 13:1-9). When Yahshua said, “let this cup pass from me” (Matt 26:39, 42) the cup He was talking about was the wrath of God to be poured out on sinners (Jeremiah 25:15-17, 49:12; Psalms 75:8; Revelation 14:10, 16:19, 18:6). Maybe, since we look at the cross as only a picture of God’s love for the world, we misunderstand how much He hates sin in our lives.

Maybe we continue to sin because we don’t grasp God’s goodness and mercy. Like an abusive man who continues to say, “I’ll quit” and whose wife is continually merciful and stays with the man just for him to be abusive again, we are like the man. We don’t understand the mercy of God to the point we will quit sinning (Romans 2:4). After a while the woman will leave the husband but we’ve been taught that God will not do that to us. The fact is, the Bible is clear that God will leave us if we continue to reject His mercy (Hebrews 10:26-29).

There are, as it is, so many reasons of why we refuse to repent and all those reasons lead to hearing the dreaded words in the end - I never knew you (Matt 7:21-23).

It’s my prayer that we start to understand how bad we are. We need to stop looking around at our lives and see all the blessings of stuff and activities and understand that, to our core, we are a wicked people deserving the punishment Messiah Yahshua received. We then will see how good God is and repent from our wicked adultery against Him.
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