He loves us and He’ll forgive us.
You’ve probably heard that God is Love, but does that mean that He’ll let us get away with anything? Does it mean, that it doesn’t matter whether we follow His way of doing things or not, because after all, He loves us and He’ll forgive us? Is God’s grace a licence to sin? To quote the apostle Paul in Romans 6:15 “God forbid“, or as the Common English Bible puts it, “absolutely not!“
Grace is God’s overwhelming desire to treat you as if you’ve never sinned.
Grace is NOT a licence to sin. People do not need a licence to sin. If they want to sin, they’re going to sin – licence or no licence. Also grace does not encourage people to sin. What is grace then? Yesterday I went to church and heard an excellent sermon on the topic of grace, which you can listen to below (after you finish reading). The definition of grace given, is probably one of the best definitions you’re ever likely to hear: “Grace is God’s overwhelming desire to treat you as if you’ve never sinned.“ Did you get that? God does not want to hold your sins against you, He’s not keeping record so that He can keep beating you over the head with your past mistakes – that’s what the devil does! God on the other hand, wants to forget about your sins and act like they never happened.
He can’t do it unless we repent.
But doesn’t that make Him a soft touch? Doesn’t it mean that grace is basically a licence to sin? No, it doesn’t. Because whilst God wants to treat us as if we have never sinned, He can’t do it unless we repent. 1 John 1:9 says “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness“. The blood of Jesus has made a way for our sins to be completely erased. You could say that grace excuses sin, but never justifies it or gives it licence.
Two of the keys to walking in God’s grace are:
- Be quick to repent of sin
- Stop walking in sin, and instead walk in the spirit
We’ll take a look at these two keys in just a minute. But what exactly is the problem with sin? That’s a whole other subject! For now, the fact that God has said not to sin, should be enough reason not to sin.
If God says you’re forgiven, then you are forgiven.
So let’s look at these two keys. Firstly, ‘Be quick to repent of sin’. How many times have you repented of something, but still felt guilty about it? You feel like it can’t be that easy – but it is! Like most other things in the Christian life, this is about faith, not about feelings. You might still feel guilty, but if God says you’re forgiven, then believe that you are forgiven and tell yourself so. And more importantly, tell the devil so when he tries to put that guilt trip on you. Tell him that God says you’re forgiven. Tell Him that God says you are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:21). Your feelings will get into line, but until they do, don’t dwell on them. Instead choose to think about and speak only what God says about the matter.
Praying in tongues is also a sure way to combat the attacks of the devil.
The second key is to stop walking in sin, and instead walk in the spirit. Galatians 5:16 says, “Walk in the spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh“, but what does this mean? Put simply, the more you fill your life with the things of God, the less desire you will have for the ‘lusts’ or desires of the flesh. Reduce your time spent on secular things and increase your intake of the Bible, devotionals, Christian TV / music / teaching / books etc. Praying in tongues is also a sure way to combat the attacks of the devil. Time spent on the things of God and praying in tongues are a powerful combination and the devil will try to discourage you from both of these things as much as possible – but don’t let him.
Once we have repented of our sins, as far as God is concerned, they never happened and His grace can kick in. So stop feeling guilty and start receiving the grace of God.
If you have any further questions or thoughts, please feel free to leave a comment.
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