Jesus knows exactly who you are, and He loves you. He died loving you, knowing you as you are.
He just wants you to understand that. Recognize the love He has for you. He says, “Think about how much I loved you. If you ask me a question about sin, I’m going to give you an answer. But I loved you first. Remember that. I loved who you were first, as a human being.”
Sin brings consequences. Paul talks about it. There will be consequences if you continue to sin. I’ve written a lot recently about how to be a dad, and central to that is the love you have for your children. You love them so much that you’ll take their shame and embarrassment. They will see that, and they’ll respect you for it. It’s because of that love and respect that they’ll want to change.
So recognize the love Jesus had for you when He died for you. Respect Him for it. If you deny that respect, tough times lie ahead. He already died for you. Now it’s your turn to change.
I try to encourage my sons and show them the right way to go. If they deny me and take the wrong roads, I am not going to be the problem for them. There will be problems in their lives, but not because of me.
Here’s an example. I tell my son, “You might not want to cross the street without looking both ways.” I have to say this over and over again. He has to hold my hand when we cross the street.
One day he’ll grow up and cross the street on his own. If he doesn’t look both ways and just walks out in the street, guess what? Eventually a car’s going to hit him. I did not hit my son. But that’s the situation. If he doesn’t listen to me, he’s going to get hit. And it won’t be my fault. It will be his.
I think that’s how God looks at it. When you wonder why God didn’t intervene when you continued to sin, God will say, “I was not the problem. Something bad happened to you, but I didn’t do it. I am not the bad scenario.”
When we reap the consequences of our sin, God is not the problem. We are.