Have you heard Christian’s say that we are sinners saved by grace? If so, that’s right, but what does that mean? Does that mean that you can continue in as much sin as you like and ask for forgiveness because we’re under grace? What is grace? Grace is defined as, elegance or beauty of form, manner, motion or action. Favor or good will, a manifestation of favor by a superior; mercy, clemency, pardon: an act of grace. Favor shown in granting a delay or temporary immunity. An allowance of time after a debt has become payable granted to the debtor. The freely given, unmerited favor and love of God.
Grace is something that you can not purchase and something that you can’t work to receive. It is something that is granted from God out of His love for His creation.
There are a lot of what I would like to describe as carnal Christians. Carnal Christians are people that operate, make decisions or live their lives by the flesh or the body, it’s passions and appetites; sensual: carnal pleasure ,merely human, temporal, worldly. God never intended the Christian life to be lived like this. We are to be lead by the spirit of God, so that we won’t fulfill the lust of the flesh.
I have had carnal Christian’s tell me that they practice behaviors that are against the will and word of God but that they always repent. Yes God’s word say’s that if we repent and confess our sins that He is faithful and just to forgiveness us and cleanse us of all unrighteousness. True repentance is to turn away from those things that you know are not pleasing to God and do them no more. True repentance brings about a desire to actually despise or hate sin. The bible tells us that if we love God, then we’ll keep His word. Although, we are no longer under the law but are now under the dispensation of grace, our goal is to always pursue God and His will for our lives.
Paul said in Philippians 3:12-14; Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Some people say they can’t help but fall into certain temptations and that if God didn’t put that temptation before them then they wouldn’t have fallen into sin in the first place. The bible says In James 1:13-15 , When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
A lot of people that read this scripture think of it in the literal sense and although you could suffer physical death because of sin, but this death is most likely separation from Jesus. Imagine if a Christian decides to have unprotected random sex with a stranger and finds out that they have contracted HIV/AIDs, then they can repent and ask God for forgiveness and God will forgive them for their sin of fornication but that doesn’t mean that they will be healed of the affliction.
I heard a minister once say that he had a saint praying for one of their Christian friends who was suffering from a terminal illness. The saint prayed and fasted and asked God to heal her friend, but the friend died and the saint was filled with unbelief. The minister said that we never consider that God did heal that person and answered that prayer in a different way. When Christians die they go to heaven. You see, when you go to heaven if you were blind, you now will see, and if you were crippled, your body is now whole.
The bible tells us that God does not wish any of His children should perish, but that they would come into repentance and be saved. Being saved and living a Christian life is one of the most challenging things I’ve ever endured, but it’s also one of the most satisfying experiences of my life.
It’s not about how fast you finish the race, it’s about your obedience and your steadfast will in continuing to do and be all that God has called you to. The question still remains in the hearts of God’s people all over the world…Is Grace a License to Sin?