62. Conscious refusal
The extent of a fulfilling life is to receive the Love of God and cling to him. The opposite of hosting and living God’s Love is to let oneself fall into evil.
The abyss of evil is the conscious total refusal to receive God’s Love.
The prophet trumpets:
Comfort, give comfort to my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her service is at an end, her guilt is expiated; Indeed, she has received from the hand of the Lord double for all her sins. Isaiah, chapter 40, verses 1 to 2
The guilt of skipping away from Love is forgiven by God. But it’s always tempting to move away from him, to lurk into evil, from which emerge the denials, the fears, the crimes.
The double punishment is to get away from the Love of God and slip toward evil. It is a double fault, a double distress, a double distance. That’s why in the text, the person receives double from God, accepting Love after having turned away from evil.
As a person seeks to identify the name of his illness to better be treated and heal, let’s dare to observe the evil that causes sin.
The new American Bible, 2011-2014
Book: Refusing sin, Normand Thomas