What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means! Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.
God’s grace is everything! His grace covers us during our “slip-ups” and his love redeems us when we confess. The Lord tells us exactly what we need to do in order to see the Kingdom of God. We must first confess with our mouth and believe in our hearts that God raised Jesus from the dead. Once we do that we are saved.
He commands us to look after each other. He wants us to spread the gospel of His grace and strengthen one another so that no one will perish or fall into the enemy’s trap. He reminds us of Esau. Esau sold his inheritance for a meal. Although, Esau came back and poured out his heart to his father he could not change what had been done. His inheritance was gone and he was rejected. It’s so easy to condemn Esau and wonder why in the world would he give up his inheritance for food? Who would do that? But Christ is looking at us and wondering the exact same thing. After dying on the cross for us, suffering through beatings and verbal abuse why would we give up our inheritance for temporary moments of pleasure?
Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many. See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son. Afterward, as you know, when he wanted to inherit this blessing, he was rejected. Even though he sought the blessing with tears, he could not change what he had done.
Christ commands us to be holy. He commands us to remain sexually pure. He commands us to be honest, righteous, and above reproach. Christ understands our flesh. He knows how it feels to be tempted, beaten, and stressed out. This is why He has given us grace. BUT, how many times will you ask Christ to forgive you for the same thing?
- Lord, please forgive me for cheating on my test….again.
- Lord, please forgive me for having sex with my boyfriend……..again.
- Lord, please forgive me for cursing out my co-worker…..again.
- Lord, please forgive me for gossiping….again.
God’s grace is sufficient and He will forgive us. But, how many times will we continue to commit the same sin? Why are we selling our inheritance for temporary pleasures on this earth?
If we find ourselves continually committing the same sins over and over again, we may need to re-evaluate our commitment to Christ. Have you truly accepted Christ into your heart? Have you made Him Lord of your life? Do you love Him? Gosh, do you really love Him? We all answer yes! Of course I love Him! But, He asks…….
- “Do you love me more than your job?”
- “Do you love me more than your boyfriend?”
- “Do you love me more than your family?”
- “Do you love me more than those red bottoms?”
Christ wants to be number one in your life. He has this crazy love for us. He is also a jealous God! He does not want anything or anyone above Him. God’s grace was given to us to protect and cover us. But, we shouldn’t use His grace as an excuse to sin. Gosh! How would we feel if someone continually did this to us.
I once had a friend who I added to my cell phone plan. We figured it would help him save money. We agreed that he would pay me $50 per month when the bill was due. My friend knew that I would automatically pay the bill even if he never paid me the money. I would ask about payment and he would say, “well can you cover me this time?”. And, of course, I loved him so I said, “Yes, I’ll cover it.” But this continued to happen month, after month, after month. By the 4th of 5th time, I began to feel used. Is he really my friend? Does he really care about me? When I confronted him, he said he knew I had the funds so, “What was the problem?” I can laugh about this now! But, my friend knew the rules when we made the agreement to add him to my plan. He was not following the rules. I was nice enough to cover the first few times he missed a payment. But his disregard for my feelings, bills, and time showed me exactly who he cared about. He cared only about himself.
Do we do this to God? Do we use Him for His benefits and when He follows up to see what we’ve done for the Kingdom we give an excuse? Do we commit outright sins against God simply because we know He’ll forgive us. Do we say “I’ll go ahead and sleep with him tonight and ask forgiveness in the morning, because you know God’s grace will cover me?” Gosh! How disrespectful. How can we grow in Christ if we stay in the same place?
I have been soooooooo guilty of this! Christ knows that we will fall and He knows we may commit the same sin more than once. But, we shouldn’t use His grace as an excuse to sin. The Apostle Paul reminds us of our original commitment to Christ. We are His servants. We are no longer slaves to sin, but slaves to righteousness! My prayer is for the Holy Spirit to continually convict me of my sins. My sleep should be disrupted if I’m not spending quality time with Him. It is literally impossible to spend time with the Holy Spirit without receiving conviction of your sins. I remember putting off my quiet time with Christ just so I would not be convicted. Because I already knew what I was doing.
It is literally impossible to spend time with the Holy Spirit without receiving conviction of your sins
How can we walk into our calling when we are still tied down in our sins? How can we grow? We must pray for the Holy Spirit to direct our path. If you find yourself committing the same sins over and over again, hand those sins over to Christ. Pour out your heart to Him. Repent! Examine your heart and pray that Christ removes those things that are not of Him. The Holy Spirit will give you a clean heart and renew your mind. He will convict you when you are wrong and set you on the right path. And His grace is there to cover you. But, it’s up to us to follow the Holy Spirit’s direction. He will give you the choice. And, he longs for you to turn from your earthly ways & choose Him.
So, will you continue to abuse God’s grace because you know “He’s got you” or will you stop using His grace as an excuse to sin? God’s grace is sufficient. His love is unwavering. He freed you when you were a slave to sin. Now let Him use you as His servant for righteousness!
Lord, thank you for your grace given to me each and every day. I am no longer a slave to sin. I am your Child. I will no longer commit the same sins over and over again. You have freed me from bondage. Please forgive me for sinning against you and thank you for loving me in spite of. Lord, from today forward I will make every effort to walk in righteousness.