Embrace Grace? - and - Get Out Of Jail Free?

Embrace Grace? - and - Get Out Of Jail Free?

Isn't GRACE just a "Get Out Of Jail Free" card?  Won't people just take advantage of a "soft" God's love?  Won't they just use the "forever pardon" and the "gift of righteousness" as an excuse or reason to keep doing "Whatever They Feel Like" doing? Right?  Wouldn't anybody?

Actually, no.  Don't worry, grace will not make it easy for us to sin, just because we won't be punished.  In fact, grace "empowers us" to "go and sin no more".  The Law empowers you to fail, Grace empowers you to succeed!

You see, as we think of Jesus, learn about Jesus, point to Jesus as our Lord and Savior - He is unveiled to us and He becomes our focus - instead of "I", "me", "myself", "my" desires and "my" sin.

As we remember and ponder that He, Himself chose to be punished completely for every one of our sins and mistakes, every one of our needs and much more, our awareness of His great love for us becomes more and more consuming.

As we swim in His love, the Holy Spirit goes to work in us, as promised, to free us from the dominion and bondage of sin.  Not by our doing - by the Spirit.

As we behold Jesus, the Spirit begins to transform us from the inside out, and we no longer desire the things that we once did. (
2 Corinthians 3:18)  Instead, the desire to be like Him springs up from within us as Living Water!

Don't forget, the Word of God clearly states: For sin SHALL NOT have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace. (Romans 6:14)  See?  God says you are no longer a slave to desire, looking for ways to get away with sin!

And Philippians 2:13 says - For it is God Himself whose power creates within you the desire to do His gracious will and also brings about the accomplishment of the desire.

So relax... Go ahead!  Embrace Grace!  Drink Grace in!  Every drop is for you!  And the Living Waters springing forth from within your belly will flow out and overtake others, too, with the Love that goes beyond all human understanding!