Grace means love.
Grace means forgiveness.
We all mess up and we all need grace.
But, does grace give us permission to do what we want because, after all, grace means we can be forgiven? No, it does not. But I think lots of Christians believe that today.
If you follow my posts you know that I believe strongly in grace. I have said many times that none of us have ever done anything that is outside the realm of God’s forgiveness. And that is true.
But, grace does not mean we can do whatever we want.
In fact, grace should motivate us to NOT want to sin. When we are saved, the Holy Spirit enters our lives. And, if we sin, the Holy Spirit will convict us. It should bother us… it should trouble us when we sin.
But today, instead of being burdened by sin, it seems we want to boast about it or laugh about it.
Folks, there isn’t anyone that is perfect. None of us. We all make mistakes. And thank God, grace covers our sins. But, that doesn’t mean we sin and then remind the Lord, “Oh yeah, God; remember grace!”
Jude 4 says, “I say this because some ungodly people have wormed their way into your churches, saying that God’s marvelous grace allows us to live immoral lives.” Notice what Jude says… “saying that God’s marvelous grace allows us to live immoral lives.”
Grace ALLOWS us to live immoral lives?
No… not at all.
Grace should lead us to want to live for Christ.
If you are living an immoral life and pleading “grace” before God… yes, God will forgive but that doesn’t give us a license to keep on sinning.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, “Cheap grace is the grace we bestow on ourselves. Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession…. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.”
May the love and power of God’s grace, draw us closer to Christ.
Grace means love.