When it comes to grace, one of the things that come up is how to show grace without looking like you’re condoning the sin. The fear is that the person won’t know that what they did was wrong, that you’re okay with it, or that grace will let them get away with it.
The result of this fear is that grace, from you, is withheld. Instead of taking the risk, you play it safe. God’s enemy is clever and you can see it when you consider that the justifications for withholding grace sound Godly.
You can’t water down the potency of the Gospel so that it’s only strong enough to wash the mildly sinful. Jesus sacrifice covers every single wrong thing we do. When you think about the sin, think about grace being big enough to cover it. The bigger the sin, the bigger grace becomes. You can search for something to outweigh, cancel, or defeat it, but you’ll never find it. You’ll only find that there is no end to grace.
People know when they’re doing the wrong thing. Right and wrong are not foreign ideas that have to be taught. People who have never been taught God’s law, innately know it.
They show that God’s law is not something alien, imposed on us from without, but woven into the very fabric of our creation. There is something deep within them that echoes God’s yes and no, right and wrong. –Romans 2:15
Another issue that comes up when you talk about grace, is the subject of church discipline. There are, at least, two places in the Bible that talk about this subject (Matthew 18; 1 Corinthians 5). There is a process and one goal, to get the ‘lost lamb’ back. The problem with church discipline is not in the idea of discipline. The problem is when people are excommunicated with no process and no goal. It’s like when you discipline a child, you can separate him from the group and stick him in a corner, but you don’t leave him there. Christians can have a very strong ejection reflex making re-entry practically impossible. It’s a hole in the organization that needs to be filled.
People will always use the freedom, that grace gives them, as an excuse to sin. You can’t dumb down or omit the message just because of how people may take it. You can’t even balance it out. The weight of grace knocks the scales off balance every single time.
When the one who misused the message of grace is made aware of what they’ve done, it will break them. Their sin was in making a mockery of the only thing that can save them. As a result, they’ll experience a kind of eternal hopelessness that nothing can alleviate. They’ll be terrified to accept grace because they abused it. Getting people, who are completely aware that they misused the message of grace, to accept it for that very sin, is a battle of vicious spiritual warfare proportions.
That’s where I fight. When all of the accusations are out and every finger pointer has had their turn to submit the damaging evidence, grace has the last word. It’s a specific battleground and grace always wins.
All that passing laws against sin did was produce more lawbreakers. But sin didn’t, and doesn’t, have a chance in competition with the aggressive forgiveness we call grace. When it’s sin versus grace, grace wins hands down. All sin can do is threaten us with death, and that’s the end of it. -Romans 5:20-21