So many unbelievers have not yet understood that the sin they are battling with has no more power, control of them. Unfortunately, they misunderstand the true meaning of grace. That is why, in today’s passage, Apostle Paul is recalling us that ” What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?”
My brother, my sister, I have two questions for you: if God loves to forgive, why not give Him more to forgive? If forgiveness is guaranteed, do you have the freedom to sin as much as possible and as much as we want to?
The answers to these questions should be obvious to any follower of Christ who is not taking the grace received through the Cross for granted. The answer Apostle Paul gave us is OBVIOUSLY NOT! Because such an attitude only shows that we have decided ahead of time to take advantage of God’s mercy and that we still have not understood the seriousness of sin.
My friend, God’s forgiveness does not make sin less serious: His Son’s death for our sin was too high a price for us to think that we can just continue sinning. My friend, next time you find yourself planning to sin, remember that Jesus cried on the cross because of you and I “My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46) and because Jesus was carrying our sins, God remained silent. Yes, as Jesus bore our sins, He bore our pains, took all the shame, condemnation, curses and sickness that sin has brought to us. God’s mercy should therefore not become an excuse for careless living or moral laxness. Instead, it should be a powerful motive for each of us to resist sin: a true believer of Christ cannot consciously choose to treat the desires of the flesh and temptations of the old nature as if they were dead or insignificant. Let’s learn to live for Christ truly. Stay blessed in Jesus’ name.