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 serves as the Lead Pastor of Rocky Creek Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is Just (About) Married.