DISCLAIMER: This blog post is not meant to offend anyone. These are my notes from a personal Bible study that I thought might help others out there as it has helped me. If you are dealing with someone who has made bad decisions in life, hurt or used people and is turning to God as a last resort, PLEASE let them know that they could not have come to a more perfect place (I know from PERSONAL experience)!!! But they should understand that while God has forgiven them and will provide guidance and strength, salvation does not remove consequences. This is a wonderful message to convey so that they can honestly test their own motivation for salvation. Are they looking for God to fix their situation, or are they looking for God to fix THEM?
Galatians 6:7-8 Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the spirit reap eternal life.
God helps those who help themselves.
2 Thessalonians 3:10 - For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.
Proverbs 20:4 - The sluggard does not plow in the autumn; he will seek at harvest and have nothing.
Proverbs 21:25 - The desire of the sluggard KILLS him, for his hands refuse to labor.
PLEASE do not use Christianity for monetary gain or to take advantage of others.
Proverbs 20:11 - Even a child makes himself known by his acts, by whether his conduct is pure and upright.
Matthew 12:33 - Either make the tree good and its fruit good or make the tree bad it its fruit bad for the tree IS KNOWN by its fruit.
Galatians 5:22-23 - But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
GREAT NEWS: If you genuinely want God in your life, while he won't take away your consequences, He WILL use those consequences to make your life amazing with a freedom BEYOND consequences, but you have to trust Him. That will all lead to some pretty incredible and wonderful consequences of their own.