The Due Penalty for Perversion—Romans 1:27
"In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion" (Romans 1:27)
Right from the very beginning God blessed Adam and Eve and instructed them procreate. In Genesis 1:28 God said, "be fruitful, and multiple, and replenish the earth and subdue it." He had already supplied their bodies with the means to reproduce, so He blessed that union.
Right after sin corrupted God's creation, we see this perfect union between husband and wife also under attack. Paul tells us in the beginning of Romans that although the knowledge of God was written on men's hearts, they neither glorified God nor were thankful to Him and darkness took over them. ( Romans 1:21 )
Because of this, the natural order of things was abandoned for what was shameful and indecent. Both men and women deserted their natural desire for what was unnatural and perverted. Paul tells us that because of this, they 'received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.' ( Romans 1:27 )
Paul is speaking to the emotional and physical consequences of homosexuality. The King James Bible says, 'receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.' This implies that there are penalties as the result of this particular sin. Recompense literally means, to award compensation, so one could say that the emotional and physical consequences of homosexuality is because of God's judgment on this sin.
Now we know that through Jesus all judgment and punishment was completely paid for. All animosity between God and man because of sin was entirely satisfied once and for all . ( Hebrews 10:18 ) So the natural consequences of sin are not God's direct punishment on the individual. God does not strike someone with disease because of their choice in life. However, when a person willfully chooses to go against God's established natural laws, they will suffer the consequence of that choice.
For instance, gravity is a natural law. Gravity is essential for survival on this planet. Without gravity we would float out into space and humans are not designed to live in that atmosphere, hence the need for gravity. We operate in this natural law every day of our lives. When we choose not to, then the result of that choice could kill us. Choosing to jump off a building goes against the law of gravity, the law that was put in place for us to exist on earth. The person most likely would not survive the fall, not because of God's punishment on them for jumping, but because they are violating the natural law of gravity which God put in place for our benefit.
The same is true of the consequences of God's judgment on the sin of homosexuality. Paul is stating that the devastation many people experience in their bodies is an appropriate payment for someone who has willfully perverted the perfect gift of marriage as God designed it. They are choosing to go against the natural law of God and because of this, Paul tells us that 'they received the due penalty for their perversion.' ( Romans 1:27 )
God loves every person equality, regardless of what sin is in their lives. Acts tells us that God is no respecter of persons, ( Acts 10:34 KJB ) meaning that with God there is no favoritism. Jesus died on the cross for you and He freely offers the gift of salvation to everyone who calls upon His name. Regardless of who you are or what you have done, today it is my prayer that you recognize Jesus as your personal Savior and wholly and fully trust in Him and the power of His forgiveness. May you exchange your burdens for His joy and peace.