Let’s Get Grace!

Why is it that we as humans have this terrible tendency to take something good and turn it into something bad? Let’s take God’s grace for example. The grace of God is the amazing display of His steadfast love and mercy toward the repentant sinner. God could hold a grudge and withhold His grace, but the Bible repeatedly promises us of His willingness to forgive and restore us. Personally, grace is one of my favorite words! Someone described grace as “God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense.” I receive comfort and find rest in my heart knowing that I am forgiven and accepted by God through faith in my Lord Jesus! But we must be aware of our carnal nature. We can sometimes think of grace as an excuse to sin. We think, “I know this is wrong, but God promised to forgive me. His grace will cover me…so why not just give in to the temptation?” Trying to use God’s grace in this way is dangerous! My uncle, a pastor for over 40 years, used to say, “Watch out for greasy grace—the kind where you can slide right into hell!” So, how do we prevent ourselves from slipping on this greasy grace? The Psalmist comes to our aid: “If you, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness; therefore you are feared” (Psalm 130:3-4). Here the Psalmist expresses gratitude that, because of His grace, God does not hold a “record” of our past sins. But the Psalmist also connects the blessing of forgiveness with the healthy fear of God. Someone who is forgiven realizes how much it cost God through the sacrifice of Jesus. True repentance produces a tender, broken heart which wants to please God and stay clear of sin. This is the opposite attitude of “go ahead and sin because God will forgive you.” May the Lord shape our hearts and minds to adopt a healthy, biblical attitude toward our failures. Thank God that He forgives…and may fear and reverence of Him make us want to stay far away from sin. “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11). Let’s get grace!

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