For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.” It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. - Hebrews 10:30-31
I remember how I trembled when I knew I had tested my own father beyond his limits. When his disciplinary side came out, "Watch out." It wasn't going to be pretty. But by demonstrating that there is a limit to patience, and that sooner or later justice will be served, I learned to fear him and you in a healthy way. It made me deal with my own rebellious heart. If it would try to lead me down the wrong path I would think, "There's a limit to patience." I know you are slow to anger and patient with everyone. But if we do not learn to follow you in faith and obedience, if we test your will again and again, I know you will bring justice on us. You sent your Son to save me. It was dreadful that he fell into your hands, the hands of the living God. But even though he saved me, that doesn't mean I can live like a hellion. I am a heavenion! So, give me the wisdom to fear your just anger if I were to abuse your grace and use it as a licence for selfishness or evil. Give me grace and forgiveness for when I have run from you and do not let me take your patient to it's limit.
Pastor Don Patterson
God sent his Son so no one has to go to hell. But if we reject his Son, hell is what we rightfully deserve nonetheless.