Should we limit how much grace God offers His children when they stumble in sin? Is it Gods heart that we only have a pinch of forgiveness? Does grace lead Christians to more sin or less?
I think we can all (Christians) agree that Jesus died on the cross for our sins. But sometimes we don’t agree about how much forgiveness we have. We see this divide when Christians start to talk about forgives, and especially when you talk about total forgiveness. No doubt it can offend the religious ego when we make our righteousness all about God, and not ourselves.
Now, don’t hear what we at Faith Gift Baskets are not saying. We’re not saying sin is okay. In fact, we strongly believe we are called to avoid sin at all times. Heck, we’re not made for sin, and you will eventually discover that sin will never bring joy to a born again Christian.
With that said, here’s a challenge:
Some think total forgiveness and too much grace are a ‘license to sin’. While that phrase sounds all ominous and spiritual, it'n not biblical. They’d be right if all God did was die for their sins, but the truths is God did much more than that.
Consider what God did TO us, and not just FOR us.
I challenge you to believe that you really are a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). They you have a new heart complete with new desires (Ezekiel 36:26). That His Spirit lives in you (Hebrews 8:10), to guide and council you, and lead you away from sin.
You see, if you can believe these things that God has done to us (not just for us), you’ll begin to realize that no amount of forgiveness or grace will cause you to sin more. Truth is, you’ll only be satisfied when you walk in the Spirit. Sin will leave you empty every time.
So, I’m saying God knew what he was doing. He didn’t just pay for your sins. He made you different. Though we all stumble in many ways, and we’re all growing in our walk, God has written His desires on our hearts. Believe it or not, we want what He wants. We want to let Jesus live in and through us.
That’s your challenge. Believe in your new identity, and don’t limit how much grace has been given to you. Grace works.
Romans 2:4 'Or do you have contempt for the wealth of his kindness, forbearance, and patience, and yet do not know that God's kindness leads you to repentance?'