When crimes are commited and people are found guilty they spend time in jail. Sometimes, if they’ve been on good behavior, they are parolled. Their time has been served and they are free to go. They might be pardoned – “exempted from the penalties of a crime or offense.” (Webster’s Dictionary)
In our daily lives we commit crimes and offenses against God. They’re called sins. There is a penalty for sinning – “For the wages of sin is death, . . . ” (Romans 6:23a)
God has given us a way to receive a pardon for our sins. We do not necessarily have to pay the price of death (total separation from God). “Seek the Lord while He may be found; call on Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him, and to our God, for He will freely pardon.” (Isaiah 55:6-7)
“. . . but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23b)
We all will face God at some time. However, will you feel His wrath and punishment or will you be pardoned? The decision is yours. Will you continue living in sin, rejecting God’s pardon? Or will you cling to Jesus Christ, believing He has already paid the price for your sins, and accept His gift of eternal life? You must decide before it’s too late.