“But I serve a God of grace”,
how many times have we said that or heard that and yes it is true that we serve a God of grace except are we being truthful that we fall under grace?
Rom 3:24-25 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
So God provide us grace unto repentance. The important thing to get out of this that our grace is unto repentance ‘for the sins past’. If we are repentant then God’s grace is sufficient to cover a multitude of sin. Here is where many people miss the intent of the doctrine of grace.
God loves us as I pointed out in What is “Born again” and Depression and Suicide. In that love he provide a path to salvation through repentance. Grace allows us to serve God and to be accepted into his Kingdom. The Kingdom of God is open to us through grace not by the law but through grace. Upon receiving Christ we begin a path of righteousness not that we ever obtain true righteousness but we with his grace exercise faith through grace to eternal life.
Ephesians 1:6-7 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
God uses his grace to make us acceptable unto him. Once we repent and ask Jesus Christ the Son of God into our heart we are accepted into the Kingdom of God. He then begins a work in us making us acceptable to him. Yes everyone one of us have that opportunity to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
We are sinful carnal beings, not as an excuse to act that way but it is our nature. Once we accept Jesus and begin to live for him we no longer seek out the darkness but the light.
John 3:19-21 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
This is where grace comes in. As we work out our salvation with fear and trembling...
Philippians 2:12-13 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. God works in us to do his will and conforming us to his will
Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
When we have grace alive in us it is not an excuse to sin instead we are being transformed into the will of God.