Romans 6:15 What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means!
There are many people that sin, justify it with some excuse that some person or circumstance caused it, and say, “God will forgive me as I’m under His grace.” God will forgive the sin of a believer because he is under God’s grace, but the person truly under God’s grace makes no excuse for his sin, but repents, confesses it as sin, receives God’s forgiveness and seeks to obey God using the grace he has been given – grace given to enable obedience. The following paragraphs teach us concerning “The True Grace of God.”
God’s grace removes the penalty of sin. Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Revelation 21:8 But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death. “Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Romans 5:1 “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” True grace is unmerited favor.
God’s grace overcomes sin’ power. 2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Romans 6:6-7 We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 7 For one who has died has been set free from sin. Ephesians 1:13-14 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory. Ephesians 1:19 and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. Ephesians 3:20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us. 2 Peter 1:3 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, 4 by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. True grace has given us all the resources we need to obey.
God’s grace equips us to serve one another. 1 Peter 4:10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 1 Corinthians 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. Romans 12:3 “For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.” True grace equips us with special gifts we are to use to serve others.
Are you making excuses for your sin or are you taking responsibility for your sin and overcoming it by faith in Jesus depending on His unmerited favor and upon all the resources He has given us – His grace? We have grace to obey, not to sin. God’s grace frees us from sin’s penalty and power, but is not a license to sin. Use the grace you have to obey and live free from the desolation sin causes.