The consequences of sin are horrible, and their value to motivate us to repent is tremendous. However, God’s desire for us in the kingdom goes far beyond hating the outcome of our sin. God wants us to be willing to rid ourselves of sin and its causes regardless of the cost to us.

 

Jesus pronounces the blessing of His kingdom for those who hunger and thirst for righteousness (Matt 5:6). If the blessing is found in an eager desire for His righteousness (Matt 6:33), should we not be crying out for a hungering and thirsting for righteousness, instead of crying out for sin’s consequences to be removed? The blessing of the kingdom is not promised to those who hate the results of sin, but rather to those who long for kingdom righteousness!

 

You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ 28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell (Matt 5:27–30 NIV).