Grace Is Not Permission

Merriam-Webster defines grace as the free and unmerited favor of God, an manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.

It is free. It doesn’t cost you anything.  You couldn’t afford the price anyway if you had to pay for it. It is unmerited. You can’t earn it.  All your good works and deeds will not get it for you.  There is nothing you could EVER do or say to earn it. If you think of the fall of man and how we are inherently born in into sin, Justice says that we all should perish. Mercy is not getting what we deserve. Grace is getting what you don’t deserve. It is benign good will. Unprovoked compassion. The unearnable gift.

Have you ever heard someone say “It is covered under grace” or “It is covered under the blood” when they do something wrong? Yes grace imparts favor and salvation but it isn’t a license to do what you want.  Grace, not just in the biblical sense, is freely given and can’t be earned.  If you hurt someone and they forgive you and impart grace to you, and don’t cast you away….that doesn’t mean that you are free to keep hurting them. Many people have the perception that God gives grace and that as long as they repent, all will be okay. They also treat each other like that as well. Romans 6:15 says  What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! So basically just because you know you covered under grace and will be forgiven, you don’t have the right to just keep doing what you want.  You can’t just keep sinning or keep hurting people.  At some point if you keep on sinning after knowing full well what the truth is, there will be a judgment.  There is no longer a sacrifice for sins (Hebrews 10:26-27).  As humans we usually only give people a limited number of chances.  Although God’s forgiveness is endless, it doesn’t come without accountability and judgment.

Grace doesn’t equal permission.  Grace isn’t a free pass to do what you want.  Grace is a lifestyle itself. Grace isn’t just forgiveness, it is forgiveness fueled by surrender.

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