A few days ago I wrote a blogpost on the gospel being such a scandal of unmerited grace that if you have understood it correctly it should make you come to the conclusion that if this gospel is so unmerited does that mean that I should carry on sinning so that grace may abound.
The answer to the question is an obvious no. Sin is like a pit of quick sand that just draw you further and further down and your own actions, your own righteous deeds, that you do trying to get out actually makes it worse and you sink even more (which is why Paul says that he counts his own striving as a loss). Then Jesus comes along and he pulls you out from the pit totally independent of your own works why on earth would you want to have anything to do with the quick sand again? God’s grace, pulling us out of the sand, actually gives us a distaste for sand [sin] as it were.
“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age” Tit 2:11-12
In the same way as God’s love to us has made it possible for us to love God, God’s grace given to us has first of all made us totally free from condemnation of sin and secondly the grace of God is training us to say no to sin and yes to righteousness. Through God’s grace there is no separation left and my sin is no longer and never will be a problem between me and God, it has been dealt with. At the same time the love that the Father so gracefully has covered me with gives me a longing to no longer give myself to what once was the cause of separation between me and God. Being drawn near to the Father gives me a longing to be more like him. In this way, through His kindness, love, grace and acceptance I am drawn into a longing to say yes to righteousness and no to sin.
If you are a believer, would you say that this is true according to your experience? What has given you the greatest longing to live for Jesus? Is it people who tell you the given standard to live by, the do’s and the don’ts or is it the moments where you have realised how loved and accepted you are through God’s grace?
If you are not a believer in Jesus I would say to you, stop trusting in your own ability to make it and I would want to give you this invitation to trust in another, in Jesus, to pull you out of the quick sand you are in. Receive his grace by trusting in what he has done for you, dying on the cross with your sin to reconcile you to God and then being raised from death to bring you into a new life.