During my reading this morning, I came up with the following little reflection. Let me know what you think. Is it a confusion of Law/Gospel to use the cross (i.e. the love of God) as a deterrant to sin?
For a Christian, the cross is both a deterrant to sin and its absolution. When we are tempted to sin, we cling to the cross and remind ourselves that we are baptized into the death of Christ and that for that reason we cannot, we must not go back to the untruth of sin. And then, when we have fallen we turn once more to the cross, not as an example of divine wrath against sinners (Reformed) but as the greatest sign of divine love, grace, mercy, peace, and forgiveness.