Bong-Revilla-Detention-CenterFormer Senator Ramon Revilla Sr. and Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada share one thing in common: the grief that came with seeing their sons, both members of the Philippine Senate, arrested and detained for plunder and graft charges. Then in the coming days, they will experience the daily torture of waiting for the wheels of justice to run its course. Neither of them raised their son to become a detainee in a police facility; no father aspires that for his child. Like them, we hope that justice would be served impartially and speedily.

I could hardly imagine what the heavenly Father feels when we choose to disobey Him. For every sin we commit, we walk into a jail cell, so to speak–a spiritual prison. And the Father is grieved as the chains of sin keep us from the abundant life He promised to us.

What shall we do then? Well, we will never be restored to a right standing before the Father unless we first acknowledge our sin and rebellion. Like Paul, we should come to a point where we admit that:

Nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. (Romans 7:18-19 NLT)

Let’s stop breaking the heart of the heavenly Father. Admit that you are a sinner and acknowledge your helplessness against the power of sin. Then, put your trust in Jesus Christ who alone can free you from a life that is dominated by sin and death. If you do this, the Father promises you eternal life and a right standing before Him, here an now.

Whether or not the Father spares you from the temporal consequences of your sins–well, that’s another question.

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