I’ve Got Grace, but Why Does Failure Still Hurt?
Luke 15:13-16 ~ A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and moved to a distant land, and there he wasted all his money in wild living.  About the time his money ran out, a great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve. He persuaded a local farmer to hire him, and the man sent him into his fields to feed the pigs.  The young man became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him. But no one gave him anything
For several years, there has been a lot of question regarding the limitations to Gods grace. Some people believe that Grace is a license to sin, (which in fact is not true), and some others believe that God’s grace is just too good to be true (which in fact is very true). The question now is, how merciful can God be? Grace is basically favour you’ve not worked for, and most times cannot work for. Paul said we’ve been saved by grace and not by works, lest any man boast, it’s a free gift, however if not taught properly may be misunderstood.
For this reason, Paul responded, “shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?” Grace doesn’t give us any form of license to sin, it motivates us to serve God wholeheartedly because of His abundant love for us.
Back to our main topic, we need to realise that grace does not in anyway prevent the consequence of our mistakes, or sin, miraculously, this can happen, but it’s not the job of grace. For example, if you stole a loaf of bread from a store, and you got caught, Gods grace assures you your eternal life, but the store keeper may decide to call the police, grace won’t step in and prevent you from being arrested.
Looking at our key scripture, we all know Jesus used this parable to illustrate God’s love and mercy towards us. Even after the lost son had gone against his father, the Father’s abundant love and mercy couldn’t in anyway stop the son from suffering in a distant land. This is very important to note, because many times, people tend to fulfill their various lusts, hoping that grace provides some kind of cover. Understand that Christs sacrifice was a function of grace, so that we can be set free from the nature of sin, and the Bible says;
“who ever the Son of Man sets free is free indeed”
You don’t need to entangle yourself with your lusts anymore. If you got to realise that substance abuse is not a good lifestyle for a believer, and you still keep on doing it, what ever the consequence of this action may be, grace won’t stop it from happening. No matter how enticing sin may seem, we can walk away from it. The bible says “walk in the Spirit and you won’t fulfill the lust of the flesh”.
I will end with a true story. Two Australian drug smugglers were caught and sentenced to death. They both became believers. I can assure you, through Christ, they received forgiveness of their sins, but at a set date they were shot to death by the government. You do not have to suffer the consequences of your actions, why not miss that mess today!
Dear Lord, thank you for grace, help me Lord to walk in the Spirit that I may not fulfill the desires of the flesh, Amen.
Author – Andy