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September 26, 2022
Today’s reading: Romans 6:1-2
Grace is abused
We read in Romans 6:1-2:
What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?
This is an important clarification of Paul to what he previously wrote in Romans 5:20:
20 Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more.
Paul earlier said that the greater the sin, the greater grace needed to forgive that sin. However, some people could misunderstand this and take it to the extreme. In fact, there were people who misunderstood Paul’s teaching in the past and certainly, in our day today.
It’s true that God is merciful. His grace is unlimited. However, there are certain conditions that need to be met to be forgiven.
Some people think that since God is merciful, they can simply continue in their sins. Since God will just forgive them, then we can choose how we want to live.
By simply saying, “I believe in God and accept Jesus,” a lot of people thought that they were already saved. Nothing to do anymore. Simply have faith and that’s it!
However, Paul made it very clear that once we receive God’s grace, we must stop sinning. He wrote in the same chapter:
What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not! (Romans 6:15)
To live under grace means to do nothing. Once we are forgiven, we must do our best in living righteously — following God’s commandment and doing His will.
Yes, God is merciful but He is also just. Abusing His grace and mercy comes with dire consequences. When we sin wilfully, we waste Christ’s sacrifice and we will be in danger of damnation.
Thankfully, God’s grace allows us to be forgiven. His mercy allows us to change. His love allows us to continue in our journey in following Christ’s footsteps.
As long as we are doing our best, we will be forgiven. We are not to abuse God’s grace, but rather we appreciate it and the right response is for us to change for the better.
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