And why not do evil that good may come?– as some people slanderously charge us with saying (Rom. 3:8 ESV)
The question of whether the grace of God leads people to sin did not start today. It began from the very inception of the Gospel. Paul was accused of teaching in a way that makes people think that they can do evil for good to come. That is not what he preached, but he was accused of preaching this. First, this speaks volumes about the true message of grace. Even when Paul preached it, men of corrupt minds could easily interpret it as meaning a license to sin.
There is a close INVERSE relationship between grace and sin. The antidote to the sin of humanity is the grace of God. When grace increases, sin decreases, and when sin increases, God has to increase grace to mitigate it! Therefore by default, if a man or woman is struggling with sin in any aspect of their lives, what they need is grace. It is therefore not possible for the message of grace to lead to a lifestyle of sin. In fact, God responds to an increase in sin by increasing grace ( Rom. 5:20).
People can claim that they know the grace of God and use it for whatever they want. That does not mean they truly know grace. There are visible proofs in any life that has received a revelation of grace. The very fact that a person continues, delights in or defends their sin is PROOF enough that needs no further explanation that they do not know grace at all. For the greatest evidence of the absence of grace is the continual presence of sin.
When grace, the Person and work of our Lord Jesus Christ, is revealed to a soul, something will forever be changed in that person’s life. Besides a holy awe for God and joy unspeakable and full of glory, there will be a release of power to break every form of bondage to sin and produce a righteous and holy lifestyle. Grace is not merely a teaching. It is the power of God at work in us to live above sin and lead a holy and righteous life.
Are there people who are using the grace of God to defend their sin? A big question that many people fail to ask is “who are these people?. See Jude 1:4.
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If you are reading this devotional and you are struggling with any sin, addiction, anxieties, fears, depressions, brokenness, etc, grace is what you need. It comes by the revelation of Jesus Christ. As He is unveiled to you, chains will fall off your hands. Grow in the grace of our Lord.
Thank the LORD for His wonderful grace that has been poured out on us.