"Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of His wonderful grace? Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it?" (Romans 6:1, 2 NLT)
In reading verse 1 of Romans 6, you might find yourself thinking, "Finally! A Bible loophole that will make me feel less guilty about my sin habits!"
Unfortunately, we move on to verse 2 and our hopes of a guilt free what-happens-here-stays-here weekend in Vegas are dashed.
Of course, we know that we shouldn't sin. But when we do (we will), what do you do with the aftermath of your sin? What do you do with the shame and guilt of greed, lust, jealousy and anger (among others)?
We use it.
Satan wants to cripple the believer. He wants to immobilize us. That is exactly what guilt and shame does; it makes us stagnant. If we are immobile, we are not working and moving for Jesus. If we are entrenched in guilt, we are not on the spiritual battlefield, side by side with other believers, proclaiming the Gospel.
So we use our experience of failure to experience the grace that God has given us and proclaim and rejoice even more that we are counted worthy because of Jesus' atoning death on the cross.
Should we sin more so that we can experience more grace? Of course not. Should we hold our hands over a hot stove to experience again and again that we will be burned? That would be ridiculous. Sin is dangerous and hindering to our faith and we should flee from it and readily defend ourselves from it.
But when we do sin, we have the opportunity to experience the grace of God that does not run out; it does not tire and it never stops loving or forgiving.
God wants us experiencing and living in this grace expressed through His unfailing love, not wallowing in the guilt and shame that comes from falling down.
When you fall, know that God sees it, but know even more so that God forgives it and loves you through it for His purposes and mission.
Posted on Mon, April 2, 2012
by Nicholas Nieblas