I've heard many people say they don't need God's forgiveness, because they are not "that bad" - telling themselves that surely God - who is loving and good - will let them into heaven because they are essentially "good".
Then there are those people who love being bad - telling themselves that there is no God or judgment or hell. Or - they simply don't care - telling themselves that evil is better than good.
So here in the scriptures, we are reminded that God does judge and there will be a final judgement day of all sins! Right now there are consequences to sinful behavior. Just from history, throughout the Bible, we can see how God has dealt with various situations.
Even when (about a third of) the angels rebelled, God was not afraid of carrying out judgment! They made their choice! And He committed them to darkness - those angels became demons - and they will also face a final judgment and eternal punishment.
Knowing all of this should wake people up to realize that God is love, but He is also just...
From this we see:
- God committed the rebellious angels to darkness and they will face a final judgment and eternal punishment (2:4)
- demons do, but God's angels do not bring accusations against God's children (2:11)
Personal experience: there has been a trend in the last few decades where it has become fashionable to be bad. Things like shoplifting, premarital sex, promiscuous sex, having a same-sex-experience, using marijuana - is now a rite of passage. Like, if you have not done all of these things, you are not complete. And so we hear people not just admitting - but - bragging about it - because they are now more experienced and rounded as a person.
Sometimes, it is necessary for a doctor to prescribe medication. But for an overall healthy attitude towards life - and more importantly, for our spiritual health - only salvation through Jesus, and having His forgiveness and love in our lives can help us! He provides us with contentment, joy, confidence and courage...