Proverbs 6: King James Bible
Paying for Sin – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter six, Verses 30 – 31
30 Men do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry; 31 But if he be found, he shall restore seven-fold; he shall give all the substance of his house.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses
So when is it okay to be a thief? When is it okay to steal from someone? The verse above says that even though the reasoning may seem either necessary or understandable, the thief will still pay when found.
As we can see above, the thief won’t just pay, but will pay seven-fold. Even all the substance of his house. And I think that this should shine a light on something. And yes, this devotional is for all of us forgiven, Born Again Christians.
I’ve heard it preached several times from a variety of sources that, should you sin a little, God’s okay with it because he knows that we’re not perfect. My opinion on that would be that whoever’s preaching that is simply trying to justify their own sin, instead of repenting and being done with it.
In these verses concerning a thief, no matter the reason, the thief will pay for their thievery. He shall pay for his sin, one way or the other. Bear in mind, a thief is always caught. The Judge of all the universe is watching it happen, and has made note of the deed.
Concerning eternity, our fate is sealed in the works of Christ Jesus. But that doesn’t mean that we’re off the hook. We can certainly pay for sin right here and now while we’re on this earth. Also, we could be robbing ourselves of eternal reward.
I don’t know about you, but I’d think it better to enter into eternity with some means to get started with, instead of making it by the skin of my teeth, and walking into eternity broke. Yes, this is in our control should we choose to be obedient to the Father. And when Christ Jesus comes, he’ll be bringing his reward with him.
Nobody will be getting away with anything. Instead of struggling to make the Father or his Word conform to our sin, we should always be willing to conform to the Word of our Heavenly Father. So we might as well face that as a reality, that there is nothing we do that goes unnoticed by the Lord.
The remedy is honest repentance. To repent, is to admit it to the Father, ask to be forgiven, quit it, and move forward. To keep from habitual sin, a healthy diet of flooding your senses with the Word of God and prayer every single day will root out the iniquities.
Jesus tells us that we are made clean with the washing of the Word of God. Made clean from iniquities. So the Word is necessary should we want to put the death-nail into our iniquities for good.
There is black and white, right wrong, moral and immoral. There is sin, and there is righteousness. Though we like to find great and reasonable reason to sin, it doesn’t make any difference. We’re caught before we even realize that we’ve sinned. Should we be foolish and choose not to repent and be forgiven, we with certainty will pay. In one way or the other, either in this world or before the Father when we face him.
Related New Testament Scripture
John 10: King James Bible
10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
1 Peter 4: King James Bible
15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.
1 John 1: King James Bible
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Prayer – Paying for Sin
Please root out all of our iniquities, and lead us through your Word to wash us clean. We are made clean through the Word that you have spoken to us, and we pray that you open our eyes to see sin for what it is, and remove all of the many costumes that they may be packaged in. Lord we repent and turn away from the iniquities that we’ve been harboring, and ask that you remove our sins as far away from us as the east is from the west. Wash us in the blood of the lamb, so that we may be pleasing in your eyes, and better children unto you. In the name of Christ Jesus we pray.
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Ever notice that not many folks talk about paying for sin in the Christian arena?