Sin and God’s Grace Share Something in Common
I’ve got to be honest — this is probably the edgiest title I’ve ever used. It took me a minute to finally go through with it. I’ll do my best to communicate clearly what I have to say. But boy, is the title edgy or what?
It wouldn’t surprise me if you made up your mind to disagree with the title before you started reading this article. I would’ve probably done the same! Only, after you think about what I’m putting forward, you might agree with me on this.
Sin and the grace of God share something in common: man’s view of them both is too small.
Can I get an amen?
Think about it. Our view of God’s grace always falls short of its true power, and our view of sin’s severity is never as serious as it should be. Therefore, both share something in common.
As a disclaimer, it wouldn’t be accurate to say God’s grace and sin share commonalities in and of themselves. However, both are viewed by mankind with a skewed lens.
Now, it’s obvious why this topic is so edgy. No sin exists in God, nor does light take part in fellowship with darkness. They are polar opposite subjects. What I want to submit in this article is the fact that our view of both is far too small.
Let’s focus on sin for a moment. Have you ever thought about a particular sin and concluded it’s not really that big of a deal? What about little white lies? Everyone tells little white lies. They aren’t a serious sin. After all, there must be different levels of sin, right? Everyone lies from time to time, so it’s not a big deal.
Sin is almost always a bigger deal that we realize. Every sin holds weight, no matter how heavy it is.
The Apostle James recognized the weight of a singular sin. “For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it” (James 2:10).
The Apostle Paul took all sin seriously too. “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
What’s the point? No matter how serious you’re convinced sin is, it deserves death. Understand that God is perfectly just and will punish sin without compromise. The more we sin the more we become desensitized to its effects. It seems to me we aren’t afraid to keep lowering the bar of God’s standards more and more.
What about God’s grace? Now, some tremendous encouragement can be found here. God’s grace is greater than we can imagine. God can always pass out more grace than you can commit sin. Yeah, he has that much grace.
Jesus is a much better savior than I am a sinner.
God is more holy than we think, more powerful than we imagine, and more gracious than we realize. It would be foolish to think we fully realize how gracious God really is.
“For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace” (John 1:16).
“Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 5:20–21).
While it may not be attainable to reach a complete view of God’s grace and sin, it would benefit us to grow in our understanding today.
Which of the two do you need to see more clearly? Do you tend to brush off the conviction of sin and ignore its weightiness? Do you overlook the grace of God and believe there’s a short supply? Our view needs to mature when it comes to God’s marvelous grace and the deadly effects of sin.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this subject in the comments below.