Grace Overflowing

Our sin, even that which continues in the Christian life, reveals the grace of God. Paul says, in Romans 5, that the grace of God overflows in greater measure than any sin. What that means, put simply, is that you can never “outsin” God’s grace.

Some people don’t like that. Or maybe I should say that makes some people very uncomfortable. To them it gives license for anyone to do anything and be forgiven. And, of course, they are right. God forgives all our sin, no matter what it is and no matter when we do it. But the freedom to sin is already ours. We were free to sin before Christ and we are free to sin after Christ. Do you doubt that? Does lightning strike the sinner? Does God actually do anything to stop or supernaturally punish the offender, either the believer or the unbeliever? No, He allows sin as He allows us to make free choices.

Yes, there are consequences for sin. Lots of consequences. More than we realize. But that isn’t what I am talking about here. The simple truth is that the believer is free to sin. The wonderful message of grace is that there is freedom not to sin and love for those who do sin—because of Jesus.

And when you sin, God’s grace is greater. You see, this message isn’t for those who want to go out to see if they can find the limits of God’s love and forgiveness. People who use grace as license to sin don’t really know grace and probably don’t even know Jesus. This message is for those who so desperately want to know that they can be forgiven—even when they continue to do stupid or wicked things.

The Greek words in Romans 5:20 suggest that grace is already overflowing in the life of the believer to an extent much greater than any sin. So Paul says that where sin increases, grace already overflows sufficiently. Those who look to Jesus find grace abundant, enough to cover anything.

There is a great verse in 1 John 2:1 that reminds us not to sin:

My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 1 John 2:1 (NKJV)

Don’t sin. It’s bad for you and those around you and you don’t have to do it. But, if you do, Jesus is enough. The grace of God in the person of Jesus is more than enough.

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  1. Cookie

    And that grace is what gives us the freedom to grow in Christ and move forward in His will for our life. If it were not for this grace, I would simply crawl under a rock and hide, immobilized by the fear of possibly sinning or making a mistake. But with grace, God gives us the freedom to grow knowing that when we sometimes stumble or even fall flat of our face in the growth process, our shortcomings are already accounted for and covered. What a relief to know that when I am connected to Christ, I can walk with Him in freedom and without fear!

  2. Jennifer

    His mercies are new every morning. Great is HIS faithfulness.

    Marvelous grace of our loving Lord,
    Grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt!
    Yonder on Calvary’s mount outpoured,
    There where the blood of the Lamb was spilled.

    Sin and despair, like the sea waves cold,
    Threaten the soul with infinite loss;
    Grace that is greater, yes, grace untold,
    Points to the refuge, the mighty cross.

    Dark is the stain that we cannot hide.
    What can avail to wash it away?
    Look! There is flowing a crimson tide,
    Brighter than snow you may be today.

    Marvelous, infinite, matchless grace,
    Freely bestowed on all who believe!
    You that are longing to see His face,
    Will you this moment His grace receive?

    Grace, grace, God’s grace,
    Grace that will pardon and cleanse within;
    Grace, grace, God’s grace,
    Grace that is greater than all our sin.

  3. George

    wow dave you write so well and can express thoughts that are just so right on

  4. Fellow Survivor

    Each year when I drop my daughter off at camp the camp sends a CD home for the drive back. They call it the drive time CD. Anyway, the message was about the Prodigal Son. We all know the story but what made the speakers perspective interesting was how he illustrated how the Father in the Story ” ran to his son and commanded his servants to cover his son with his best robe.” The speaker made comment that “Fathers” especially very wealthy ones, did not run at all for anything. Their long robes would get in the way so it just didn’t happen. But this Father ran to his son, who I am sure was barely clothed and filthy as anything, and had him clothed with his finest robe.

    The second older son also dishonored his father by complaining and refusing to come to the feast for the youngest. But the Father “went” out to him as well.

    The point being that the Father runs after us and covers our naked broken bodies and souls with his finest robe. There was a lot more to the lesson but this was the main point of the story.

  5. Fellow Survivor

    Wish me luck tonight everyone. I met a lady friend that has never heard the Gospel. Never been given a bible. Only knows of the condemnation that some preach and nothing about the Grace of God. During the Easter Weekend I was telling her all the stories about how Jesus came for the lost and broken and not to condemn but to save. She had never heard that before, EVER, and she is 50.

    Anyway, I bought her a Bible this weekend and I am going to give it to her tonight. I will ask her to start in John if she is willing. She really does think she is condemned to hell for the mistakes she has made in her life but I see her heart. It is a gentle, giving and kind heart.

    • UnForsaken

      Wishing you the best, Fellow Survivor. It amazes me at how a little kindness and gentleness can show people caring instead of condemnation. We all need to hear more of God’s love, even those of us who have believed a long time, because it is so Astonishing. He loves you and me!

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