God’s Grace to Obey.
When you think about the grace of God, what comes to mind?
His amazing grace that saved us:
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:” (Eph. 2:8)
His grace that forgives us:
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
His grace for help in time of need:
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (Heb. 4:16)
What about grace for obedience?
“By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name;” (Rom. 1:5)
So often I hear of the grace of God as it pertains to sin. How many times have I heard, “we’re under grace not the law”? We use grace as an excuse for sin, yet Jesus says “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15)
Why are the works of the flesh (Gal. 5:19-21) so prevalent in the church today? Why is the divorce rate the same among believers and the world? Why has profanity become a second language among our young people? These things should not be so in those who proclaim to know Christ? God’s grace is not to allow sin, but that we can choose not to sin.
“Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.” (Rom. 6:11-15)
Doesn’t the phrase “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof” imply that we have a choice? We can choose to obey God or sin.
When Jesus touched someone in the Bible, they were changed. He told the woman caught in adultery, “go and sin no more.”
“Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.” (James 3:12)
Now, we all sin and miss the mark, but we are not to live our lives in the habit of sin with the thought, “God will forgive me” or “it doesn’t matter to God.” And when confronted with sin, let’s not be so quick to spout “don’t judge me” or “take the plank out of your own eye.” Let’s judge ourselves.
“For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.” (1 Cor. 11:31)
He has called us to be holy, a peculiar people for His purpose.
“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:” (1 Peter 2:9)
“Who hath saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,” (2 Timothy 1:9)
We need to ask ourselves why does sin so easily beset us? Why don’t we agonize over the thought of being separated from God like Jesus did in the garden of Gethsemane?
The Lord has graciously given us all we need to obey Him and live a life that reflects His character. So let us do that; let us examine ourselves to see if our actions line up with Scripture and if they don’t then something has to change. We need to ask Jesus to change us because it can’t be done in the flesh, but only by His power.
“According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” (2 Peter 1:3-4)
“Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:” (2 Peter 1: 10)
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Cindy Giraud has been a Christian for about 30 years, a wife to TJ for 29 years, and a homeschool mom of 9. She attends Calvary Chapel Downriver where her husband TJ is the Pastor.
I have personally known Mrs. Giraud for most of my life, and have been good friends with one of her daughters for the same amount of time. She’s an awesome lady, an awesome mom, and an awesome cake-baker and decorator!