Acts 23-25

After some days Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was a Jewess; and he sent for Paul and heard him speak upon faith in Christ. And as he argued about justice and self-control and future judgment, Felix was alarmed and said, "Go away for the present..."  Acts 24:24-25, RSV 

Did you catch that?. When Paul talked about justice and self-control and judgment, Felix panicked. And then he did what everybody does when they are confronted with the prospect of judgment due to sin in their lives that hasn't been repented of - he became alarmed! So he sent Paul away.

I think that's pretty much human nature. We like to think of the things that we are doing right, not about the things we are struggling with. And if we should think at all about the fact that we might not be measuring up to God's standards, we like to think about grace.

I like grace, but grace was never intended to be a license for immorality. 

So, when we are confronted with the fact that there will be a judgment some day, and that we might actually find ourselves being condemned for our behavior, we often just run away from the thought.

Or, like Felix, we send those away who remind us of things that we don't like to think about.

Like being judged for not repenting of our sins.

Maybe, we all need to be a little less like Felix.

 

This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel says: "In repentance and rest is your salvation... but you would have none of it."  Isaiah 30:15, NIV