My blog post today is Romans 3:10-22. Read and meditate on it. You’ll catch a glimpse of the depth of God’s grace.
All Are Sinners Yet God Gives His Grace
Romans 3:10-22 (NLT) As the Scriptures say, “No one is righteous— not even one. No one is truly wise; no one is seeking God. All have turned away; all have become useless. No one does good, not a single one.” “Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave. Their tongues are filled with lies.” “Snake venom drips from their lips.” “They rush to commit murder. Destruction and misery always follow them. “They have no fear of God at all.” Obviously, the law applies to those to whom it was given, for its purpose is to keep people from having excuses, and to show that the entire world is guilty before God. For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are. But now God has shown us a way to be made right with him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses and the prophets long ago. We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.
Yes grace is unmerited favor. The extent we understand this determines the extent to which we will extend grace and mercy, both to ourselves and others. Grace doesn’t excuse sin. Grace is God’s presence to do what only He can do, through Christ’s finished work on the cross. Grace empowers righteousness.
Romans 5:20 (NLT) God’s law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful grace became more abundant.
Why do some people think that God's grace is a license to sin?
I would love to hear your answer in the comment section of this post.
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Donald Jacobs is an ordained minister with the spiritual gift of teaching. He is the Associate Pastor of a non-denominational church in Los Angeles, CA.