"Any concept of grace that makes us feel more comfortable sinning is not Biblical grace. God's grace never encourages us to live in sin; on the contrary, it empowers us to say no to sin and yes to truth." ~Randy Alcorn
God's grace makes some people uncomfortable.
I remember a conversation I had with a friend of mine. Kevin is from Ireland but is now a US citizen. However, he travels back and forth often to visit family. He was discussing grace with the priest of his local Irish parish one day. Kevin asked him why he didn't spend time preaching about God's grace. He brought up specific Scripture passages and the priest laughed. He said if he taught that the people would simply do whatever they wanted.
Now, I'm not here to single out this priest but to make an important point.
If I truly understand:
- There is nothing I can do to earn my salvation
- There aren't enough good deeds to tip the scales in my favor
- Comparing myself to people who commit the 'big sins' isn't Biblical
- Going to church doesn't buy my salvation
- Being baptized doesn't grant me a ticket to heaven
Ephesians 2:8-9 says:
"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith --and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God -- not by works, so that no one can boast."
Sometimes it can be hard to receive a gift. But when we examine the Truth of God's Word, we see that we are all sinners by nature.
Romans 3:23: "...for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."
Our sin separates us from God.
Romans 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
But God is love.
Romans 5:8 "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this; While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
That's what grace is all about. When I accept and truly realize what this gift means, I don't want to sin more.
As long as I live on this side of eternity, I will sin.
But the closer I grow in my relationship with the Lord, the more I want to please Him. It's amazing but over time, He begins to change the desires within me.
And it's all based on LOVE not rules and regulations.
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Blessings and love,