It’s Monday grace!
It’s Monday morning. You don’t even want to think about what happened over the weekend. Some of it you don’t remember. Most you would like to forget. You have to get back to living.
I wrote that fully realizing that it does not describe the weekend most readers here had. That life, if it ever did describe us, is long behind us. But we still need to know what to do when we sin. We still find ourselves looking back on certain actions or words with regret.
For some, the sins of Saturday night are dealt with on Sunday morning. They go to church to confess and be forgiven. Some hear the scolding from the pulpit with gratitude. I remember one man telling me years ago that he expected and wanted to “feel bad” as he left church on Sundays. He wanted me to scold him for his weekend sins.
When we were children, some of us had to endure The Lecture. We expected it and appreciated it. The reason we appreciated it was because it dealt with our sin. Life went on after The Lecture. Enduring it was our penance. Having penance to suffer relieves us of the guilt of the sin.
So, when grace teachers say that your sin is already forgiven because of your relationship with Jesus, that He washed even the sins of this past weekend away at the cross, there are people who find that hard to believe. They expect penance. They expect at least The Lecture. There must be something they are supposed to do in order to be forgiven.
Grace teachers are “soft on sin,” they say. We use grace as “license to sin,” they say. If people believed our message, they would just run out and sin all they wanted. At least that’s what the performance people say. Sin has a price, they say.
And, at least in that last statement, they are right. There is always a price to sin. That price was the suffering and death of Jesus. That price was the blood of the sacrificial Lamb of God.
But have you ever noticed that there are other consequences to your sins? Someone got hurt. Someone paid a price. You went through a headache and regret. You made everyone think you were an idiot or a cruel person. You allowed your flesh to lead you into actions and words that do not represent who you are in Jesus. You are forgiven, but there are still consequences.
Don’t sin. I can say that with conviction. Sin hurts you, and it hurts others. It’s never worth what your flesh thinks it is.
And that person is not who you are. You don’t need that sin. You don’t need revenge. You don’t need to lie. You don’t need to hurt others. You don’t need to humiliate yourself to be accepted. In Christ you have welcome and value and love. All that you need is in Him.
But your sin will not separate you from the Lord who loves you. He has already paid the price for your sin. No penance you do will add anything to what He has already accomplished for you. No Lecture will change who you are in Him. You are still as saved as you were before you did that.
The sins of the weekend might come back to bite you in this life, but they are not on your account with God. He has already forgiven you.
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