Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of His wonderful grace? Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it?Romans 6:1-2 NLT
Does grace allow us to sin?
I’m a person who heavily advocates grace. God is gracious to us and so we must extend grace to others.
But what does God’s grace really look like?
Paul says “…Should we keep sinning so that God can show us more of His wonderful grace? Of course not!”\
The grace that God extends is the grace to be FREE from our sin.
God’s grace is forgiveness when we deserve death!
We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin.Romans 6:6b-7 NLT
Grace is forgiveness and freedom
What we should have gotten was death, but Jesus took our penalty and granted us grace.
When we accept Jesus sacrifice as coverage for our sins, we are no longer slaves to sin!
The grace that God gives us is forgiveness and freedom from our sins, when we deserve death!
We need to live in that victory! We are so overcome by sin, by regret, by feeling as if we have to carry it ourselves, as if we have to take on the punishment.
The price is paid my friend, you are free!
The grace has been granted you.
No longer a slave to sin
Live in the freedom from your sin that Jesus already bought! You are no longer a slave to the sin that used to control you!
Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires. Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God.1
It is not enough to just want righteousness, we must live righteous lives. We must claim the freedom and grace that is extended to us to overcome our sinful nature. To discipline ourselves, deny the flesh and live a life pleasing to God.
Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.Romans 6:14 NLT
When Jesus died, He put to death our sin. If we truly believe that and live in that freedom, imagine what our lives could look like!
Choose to live a righteous life
Just as we used to be enslaved to sin and our lives were influenced by that, we now must choose righteousness so that we can live holy and righteous lives glorifying to God.
Previously, you let yourselves be slaves to impurity and lawlessness, which led ever deeper into sin. Now you must give yourselves to be slaves to righteous living so that you will become holy. When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the obligation to do right. And what was the result? You are now ashamed of the things you used to do, things that end in eternal doom. But now you are FREE from the power of sin and have become slaves of God. Now you do those things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.Romans 6:19-23
Live in the free gift of God’s grace!
Grace is not tolerating sin, grace is not getting what you deserve, grace is being granted forgiveness and freedom from death, freedom from sin, so that we are no longer obligated to live in that way!
Don’t use your grace as a pass to sin more! Use your grace to find FREEDOM from your sin in Christ! He has already put to death your sins on the cross, He has provided you a way out, “the free gift of God is eternal life”. So what are you waiting for?
Will you give up the harsh way of your old master, sin? The master who binds you in chains of humiliation and shame? Who’s wages is death?
God is offering you His gift of grace that pardons you and sets you free from the bondage of sin in your life. Will you live as if you are a slave to righteousness and allow Christ to make your life holy and glorifying to Him?
Will you accept the gift of eternal life?