Beware of grace, it is highly addictive.
Grace is wonderful when you need it but make it your goal to not need so much grace today.
Now let me be clear, we have all sinned and we all fall (present tense) short of the glory God (Romans 3:23) so we all need God’s constant grace and mercy.
However, some people are like grown children whose financial safety net continues to be their parents—they never grow up. Don’t you be like that. Doing what you want to do—no matter what and then counting on God to extend mercy and grace as your back-up plan is disastrous.
Think of the woman caught in the act of adultery (John 8). Jesus extended grace and did not condemn her (that’s the good news); but the grace of God didn’t erase the damage which was done.
Like pulling a misplaced nail from the wall, you can have the guilt removed but the scar remains and no matter how you cover up the scar the integrity of the wall (and soul) is forever changed.
But you may say, God will work all things together for my good (Romans 8:28). Yeah, that can happen—for you, but what about all the people (some who are not Christians) who are going to have to suffer while God is trying to clean up your mess?
The wise route, the best route, is to live your life in such a way that as little grace as possible will be needed.
- The ONE THING for today: Focus on being a grace-giver, not a grace-receiver.
Proverbs 3:34 (NKJV) Surely He scorns the scornful, but gives grace to the humble.