So many will claim if they are under Grace than are they allowed to sin, or do things of the world, without any guilt or shame.
This is wrong thinking as Romans 6:1&2 says, “What shall we say than shall we continue in sin that Grace may abound? By NO means! or GOD forbid! ”
Sin has a twofold effect. It is not only a transgression against God, worthy of His judgment, but it is also the inroad of Satan into our lives.
Romans 6:16 says, “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
If we yield to sin, we also submit ourselves to Satan, the author of that sin.
Why even open that door?
Paul states that sin is still deadly and something to be resisted but he changes the motivation for living holy. No longer do we resist sin to try and be accepted with God but we live holy because our nature has been changed and because actions of sin give place to the devil.
Our old self is dead and our new self should not want, or desire sin. It is not that we still won’t sin but it should not be our desire.
We must live HOLY as HE is HOLY!
1 Peter 1:15 &16
“He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct”
Excuses of Grace are what we tend to use so we can live how we want do what we want to do.
The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the [whole] person; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.
The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure and bright, enlightening the eyes.
The [reverent] fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the ordinances of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold, even than much fine gold; they are sweeter also than honey and drippings from the honeycomb.
Moreover, by them is Your servant warned (reminded, illuminated, and instructed); and in keeping them there is great reward.
Who can discern his lapses and errors? Clear me from hidden [and unconscious] faults.
Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me! Then shall I be blameless, and I shall be innocent and clear of great transgression.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my [firm, impenetrable] Rock and my Redeemer.
Someone who has truly experienced regeneration will demonstrate righteousness in daily living. Only the one who “does what is right” is considered righteous. Believers are to make the righteousness and holy life of Christ the object of their trust, but also the pattern of their own lives. A believer cannot sin habitually, deliberately, easily, or maliciously. Those who do not “do what is right” give evidence that they may not belong to God. (1 John 3: 9,10)
“Willful sins” are offenses against God that are done with the conscious knowledge that they are wrong. Because a person believes he has received grace from God, he may be tempted to use it as a license to sin. Individuals who sin proudly despite being aware of the wrongness of their actions, however, may never have really been born again. Therefore Scripture challenges professing believers to be sure of their salvation (Romans 6:1,2; 2 Corinthians 13:5; 2 Peter 1:10; 1 John 3:9,10)
I pray you all fully realize who HE IS, who you are in HIM, get to know HIM as He is, learn to love Him more, and live fully with HIM daily.