Have you ever abused something? Silly question, of course you have. GASP “Me? I would never abuse something!” I know, I know, I use a scary word like abuse and everyone loses their minds. Hear me out. The definition of Abuse is “To use something to bad effect or for a bad purpose; misuse.”
It’s human nature, when we find a loophole, we abuse it. We abuse silly things like finding a rule in a game that you can get around, or maybe you just change the rules because you’re in charge. Which, of course, I have never done… okay, maybe once… or twice... this isn't about me! However, we also abuse something more serious.
We abuse grace.
How can you abuse grace? It’s quite simple really, anytime you know the right thing and choose to do the opposite, you are abusing grace. Paul says in Romans 5:20-6:2
“Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?”
God has done an amazing thing, He has given you the free gift of grace. He has forgiven the sins that you have committed in the past and He has already wiped away the sins you will commit in the future. All you had to do was accept the free gift of salvation because of Christ’s sacrifice for you.
Now because we know our sins are forgiven we think we have found a loophole. “I mean, I know it is wrong, but I’m human, I’m going to make mistakes, so what’s one more? After all, I’m saved by grace.” Or we give excuses like “I just couldn’t bare the temptation, it’s to strong.” Or “The devil is really attacking me right now” We abuse grace for the instant gratification of our sin, and we think it’s okay.
1 Corinthians 10:12 says
“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”
You still think you have a good enough excuse? God says he will provide a way of escape, that He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can handle with Him.
There are no excuses for your sin because God has freed your from it. 1 John 1:5-6 says
"This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light, and there is absolutely no darkness in him. If we say, "We have fellowship with him," and yet, we walk in darkness, we are lying and are not practicing the truth."
You cannot be in fellowship with God if there is sin in your life. The good news? There is redemption.
I don't say these things to condemn you, I say them to encourage you. Scripture is clear, there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ. John tells us to repent so we can be cleansed of sin and restored to true fellowship with Christ. This message shouldn't be one that discourages you, you should only be encouraged because our God has freed us from sin so we no longer have to be a slave to it. God calls us to holiness, it's time for us to start acting like it.
Love you guys,