Sin, Consequences, and a Grace Card

“Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it?” ~ Romans 6:1-2

In this message, Mark Driscoll said that when him and his wife first starting dating, they started sleeping together. They didn’t know any better.He said once they found out that was wrong, they stopped until they got married. Now when he talks about sex, he always teaches abstinence. People will come up to him and say, “Yea, but you did it and it worked out fine.”

He said, “Yea, well I know people that have driven through a school zone while they were drunk and they didn’t kill anybody, but I am never going to tell anyone to do that either. We got a grace card from God on that one. (referring to sleeping with his wife before they were married)”

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Have you ever tried to use someone’s story to justify doing what you shouldn’t be doing? “They did it and nothing bad happened to them. They did drugs but never got into the heavy stuff. They slept together or lived together before they got married and nothing happened. They drink all the time and their life is fine.”

So much of pain in life is a result of us doing whatever we want, even when we know it is wrong. We think we’re invincible. We either believe that our actions don’t have consequences or that we are immune to them, even if we’ve seen others face the consequences.

That’s not true. The reality is, if you’re sinning, and haven’t faced the consequences yet, it’s for one reason: the grace of God! But, just because you haven’t faced consequences yet, doesn’t mean there won’t be any if you keep going down the path you’re going down.

I’ve seen too many people start doing “lighter” drugs, never thinking they’ll end up doing the hard stuff. Too many people sleeping around because it’s fun, and end up marrying someone they shouldn’t have married. Too many people making little compromises that later down the road end up costing them a lot of pain, regret, sorrow, and bitterness…or more. 

Sin is real. It has consequences.

If you’re doing things right now that you know are not right, stop! If God tells us not to do something in His Word, it’s for a reason. He loves you! He wants the best for you!

If you’ve messed up or you’re in the middle of a mess, go after God! Get to church! Read the Bible! Get around some Christian friends! God loves you!

Fact: The more you pursue God, the less you’ll sin, and the better your life will be. You’ll make better decisions, you’ll be happier, and you’ll find yourself living a life you never dreamed of living before!

Thoughts?

What areas of your life have you been compromising in that you need to stop?

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