After God’s Own Heart

Mercy Is Free But Never Cheap

1 Chronicles 21:1-22:1

King David’s sin brought about consequences for the entire nation.  While God did provide mercy, it had a significant cost.  Our own sin has cost us, and the only hope is in the sacrifice of another to pay the penalty.  

Sin’s Responsibility (1 Ch. 21:1-6)

  • God may test us, and Satan may tempt us, but we will always be held responsible for our own sin (1 Ch. 21:1).
  • Sin originates from our meager attempts to build our kingdom rather than God’s Kingdom (1 Ch. 21:2-3).
  • The unaccountable life is simply waiting for unavoidable devastation (1 Ch. 21:4-6).

Sin’s Consequences (1 Ch. 21:7-15)

  • It is recklessly naïve to believe that our sin doesn’t affect others (1 Ch. 21:7).
  • If you have to fall into someone’s hands due to the consequences of your sin, always fall towards God (1 Ch. 21:8-13).
  • If you are troubled when God administers some of his wrath, then you should be relieved that you haven’t experienced all of it (1 Ch. 21:14-15).

Sin’s Forgiveness (1 Ch. 21:16-22:1)

  • True repentance is when a sinner becomes more concerned with how his sin brought consequences to others rather than to himself (1 Ch. 21:16-17).
  • The sinner who has received free mercy should never struggle to offer costly sacrifices (1 Ch. 21:18-25).
  • God’s mercy is free but never cheap (1 Ch. 21:26).
  • God never erases sin’s debt – he pays it.
  • The sacrificial offering was the only thing able to disarm the angel of the LORD (1 Ch. 21:27-22:1).

Travis Agnew is married to Amanda and the father of two sons and one daughter. He serves as the Senior Pastor of Rocky Creek Baptist Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is What God Has Joined Together.