There is a belief going around in Christian circles that some teachers/teachings push too much grace. Generally this ‘too much grace’ belief is that people think they can do whatever they want because we are under grace and not under the law. That grace is a license to sin.
This is not too much grace, this is a misunderstanding of grace. It is holding to low a view of grace!
It is impossible to preach too much grace.
Grace in scripture means favor. We often add the idea of unmerited favor, meaning that we’ve done nothing to earn it. This favor is just bestowed on us by God out of His loving-kindness. Websters defines favor as: “something done or granted out of goodwill, rather than from justice or for remuneration.” How can I preach too much that God bestows His favor, His grace on my life? How can I say too much how He has pulled my life up from the pit of darkness and has bought my life so that I can live in freedom and victory? How can it be wrong to tell of the absolute abundance of favor He showers on my life so that I am no longer a slave to sin but can walk as a new creature in His sight?
It is impossible to preach too much grace. But it is possible to preach a cheap grace.
Grace is free to us, but Jesus gladly paid the high cost.
Grace is given to us as a free gift from God. But this grace is not cheap, it had a very high cost. A cost higher than any of us can truly comprehend in this world. Jesus didn’t agonize on the cross, endure the sins of the world to be placed on His shoulders, take the penalty for me and suffer the horrors of death so that I can live a life of fleshly indulgence. Jesus didn’t buy my pardon with His blood for me to reject His transforming power in my life. Jesus didn’t take on human flesh and pay the highest price for my soul so that I can have fire insurance: to have a back up plan ‘just in case’ there really is a heaven and hell.
- Grace means I give my life to Him, in full and receive the wholeness of freedom He offers me.
- Grace means His favor pours down on me and I have the honor to lay down my life for His glory. Laying down my life does not mean I can let my flesh rule my life.
- Grace means we are freed from the lusts of our flesh that ruled our lives.
- Grace means we are freed to walk in the abundant life of intimacy with the God of the Universe!
- Grace means we are no longer destined to walk that path of death in our lives, we now have the destiny and heritage to walk into life with Jesus.
- Grace means we are made righteous by the finished work of Jesus on the cross.
Grace is TRUE motivator in our lives!
When we come face to face with the immensity of the wonder and magnitude of grace, we are motivated to walk like Jesus! God’s love, His gentleness, care and compassion free us to live our lives in joy!
And as Nehemiah says, “the joy of the Lord is your strength!”
Grace, real grace, motivates us to live in victory. We begin to understand that this grace, this favor from God comes with great possibilities. The Spirit fills us with His power to live as over-comers. No longer must we live in bondage, enslaved to our fleshly lusts and the sin we detest. We are now able, for the first time, to be changed into the image of Jesus.
When we understand grace, the fullness of grace, we begin to see how we can truly change. Our hearts respond in love, in gratitude, in joy and in humility. When pride and fleshly lusts and desires rule our lives, it is not because we have too high a view of grace. It is because our view is too low.
Grace is victory.
Are we living in the HEIGHT of His grace? Do we let this favor from the King of Kings change us to become more and more like Him? Are we seeing the lusts of this world as rights to be embraced or as irritating hindrances to walking in the beautiful freedoms offered by our loving Lord?
If you see grace as the opportunity to prove to other Christians how much you are allowed to do, rather the opportunity to be changed into the image of Jesus, your view of grace is way too low! You are still living in bondage to those fleshly appetites He died to save you from.
Grace is neither legalism nor license. Grace is freedom, grace is victory, grace is touching the heart of God in the heavenly places. Examine your heart and choose the fulness of grace today!
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