As followers of Christ, we struggle with sin in our lives – it’s a seemingly never-ending battle. But we must always remember one more important element in our lives – God’s grace, given freely, lovingly, and personally, through Jesus’ blood, shed for us,
Here is what the apostle Paul writes about the relationship between sin and grace:
“God’s law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful grace became more abundant. So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God’s wonderful grace rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
(Romans 5:20-21 NLT)
Our calling from the Lord is not just to wage war against indwelling sin in our lives, nor is it to disregard or discount sin and assume God’s grace will take care of everything. It’s about both war against indwelling sin, and accepting God’s grace.
The apostle Paul addresses this tension between sin and grace multiple times. Here’s one example:
“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)
Paul continues on in Romans chapter 6, showing us that when we follow Christ as Savior and Lord, that our sins are paid in full through Christ’s death on the cross, and that we are dead to sin, the old nature was buried, and we now have new resurrected life in Christ.
By way of application, Paul instructs the Roman church (and us) how to live our lives to God’s glory:
“Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires. Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.”
(Romans 6:11-14 NLT)
Waging war against sin is not easy, nor should it be taken lightly. But God, in His amazing love for us, offers His grace to help us through life and live victoriously for Him. But we must choose whom we serve.
What is your choice today? As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord (Joshua 24:15)