As we examine the power of God's grace, we must be careful how we handle it. God's grace is not a free pass to sin, acting in whatever ways we please because we know God will forgive us later. Rather, God's grace gives us the incredible freedom to passionately pursue God without fear of condemnation.
Each day, we are faced with numerous decisions—many of which are opportunities to honor God. If we choose wisely, then we experience the blessings of God. If we choose unwisely, then we will deal with sin's consequences. However, if we do make the wrong choice, God's love for us does not waver. He doesn't cast us aside and break ties with us. This is when God's grace and mercy shine.
God's grace gives us the incredible freedom to passionately pursue God without fear of condemnation.
In the same way a coach gives a player a vote of confidence even after he has made a mistake, God gives us a vote of confidence through His grace. All He asks in return is that we never stop allowing the Holy Spirit to work in our lives.
In explaining how grace and works are intertwined, James wrote, "But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it, not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do" (James 1:25).
God knows that we are not perfect. However, He gives us the Holy Spirit to help us make the right decisions in life if we will listen to Him. In giving us this ability to choose for ourselves, we gain tremendous freedom when we choose God's path. His grace provides us with a sense of freedom like we have never known.
Prayer: Thank You for Your grace that provides a way to escape temptation and guides me on the right path. With each decision, Lord, give me ears to hear Your voice. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh" (Galatians 5:16).