King David's first sin was adultery. Next, he tried to cover sin #1 with sin #2, murder! David "earned" a whole lot of sadness with these two sins. Jonah sinned also. The wages of Jonah's sin were a lot like the wages of David's sin. Read these three verses.
2 Samuel 11:24 After King David sinned look who died:
Moreover, the archers shot at your servants from the wall; so some of the king's SERVANTS are dead, and your servant Uriah the Hittite is also dead.
Jonah 1:5 After the prophet Jonah sinned look what was lost:
They threw the CARGO which was in the ship into the sea to lighten it for them. But Jonah had gone below into the hold of the ship, lain down and fallen sound asleep.
David's sins cost the lives of several of his servants, one baby and several adults. Other people paid for David's selfish sin. The men on the boat with Jonah paid for Jonah's sin. They lost all their precious cargo. Jonah's sin stole the pay checks of several innocent men.
There is no such thing as a private sin. There is no sin that only hurts me. My sin hurts the people around me, and I am responsible for the loss of lives and paychecks. The heartbreaking thing is that I can't afford to repay the damage done. I can't even begin to measure the damage.
Romans 6:23 God's promise about sin and life:
For the WAGES of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
God did measure the damage of my sin. He then made His Son pay the full cost for my sin. Jesus' blood paid for my sin. His blood paid for the damage of my sin to others. He paid for so much more than all sin; He paid for a gift of eternal life. He paid it for the world.
I wish I could repay the damage done by my own sin, but I cannot. I have trusted the Lord Jesus to do what I could never do. I encourage you to do the same. Trust Jesus right now to do what no one else but Jesus can, make the full payment for your sin, and free you from the wages of your own sin.
For me to live is Christ.