DO I REALLY UNDERSTAND HIS GRACE?

ROMANS 6:1-2:  “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?” (ESV)

OBSERVATION:  It is easy to take God’s Grace for granted.  Jesus died for our sins while we were still sinners, and when our lives and actions showed that in reality we were enemies of God.  This was the ultimate expression of God’s Grace.  When we place our faith in Jesus Christ, when we confess Him as Lord, proclaiming that He is risen from the dead, we are born again of the Spirit – by grace through faith.  We begin our new life in Christ through God’s Grace.

However, it is not long until we fall into sin again.  Even though we are born again into this new life, we are not yet made perfect.  John reminds us in his epistle that if we say we do not sin we deceive ourselves.  So we come once again to God’s Grace, to find forgiveness and cleansing for our sin.  We are forgiven and strengthened by His Great Grace – and we start all over again.  As we continue to walk out this new life of faith, as we are being changed day by day, this can become a cycle in our lives.  It is easy for us to get used to relying on the provision of His Grace.  We can begin to take His Grace for granted – and actually begin to misunderstand the purpose of His Grace.  This is an error that we all are prone to fall into.

Paul stated in Roman 5:20-21:  “Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, 21 so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”  So many today have concluded that Grace trumps our sin, and even abounds when we sin.  The thought process continues.  If Grace abounds when we sin – we don’t have to worry about our sin, because our sin is covered, and it really doesn’t matter.  This is the error Paul is addressing in the first two verses of Romans 6.  This concept of Grace, sometimes referred to as “Hyper Grace”, is a gross misunderstanding of God’s Grace in our lives.

If we sin, will Jesus forgive us if we confess our sins?  Yes, I John 1:8-9 gives us this blessed assurance.  Does this promise now give us the green light to sin, knowing that we can always run to His provision of Grace?  NO!  This is a misapplication and a misunderstanding of God’s Grace.  God’s Grace is extended to us to both bring His forgiveness and cleansing – and – to break the power of sin, empowering us to walk in His victory and freedom!

Living under His Grace gives us the freedom to follow Him without the fear of condemnation.  It is obvious that we will fail as we do.  When we fail we come to Him for forgiveness and cleansing.  And as we do, we also address the attitude and direction of our hearts.  We must always be endeavoring to become like Jesus Christ.  We must never grow comfortable in our sin.  We must always be moving in the direction of holiness knowing that we have His provision of forgiveness and cleansing as we do.  Grace is given so that we can overcome – not so that we can be comfortable being overcome, living under the power of sin.

Lord, this morning may I embrace Your Grace in my life fully!  May I count myself to be truly dead unto sin and alive in You.  Empower me to walk in Your fullness, Your freedom, and Your will – through Your Great Grace!  In Jesus Name!

About Kirk's Devotional Journal

Kirk L. Zehnder is pastor of The Fellowship at Weatherford, a Foursquare Church in Weatherford, Texas. He has developed an easy to follow program to Read, Reflect, Pray, and Journal through the Bible in one year called L.I.F.E. Unlike other programs there are no dates to follow. You can miss a day and still complete your reading. You never feel like the dates and verses you missed are chasing you. You are free to enjoy your daily Biblical journey and listen to the voice of The Lord. For more information please send an email to klzehnder@aol.com
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