Friday, March 16, 2012

The Fear in Grace

 "What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?  By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?""  Romans 6:1,2

I've been thinking a lot about grace lately.  On the A Moment with God Facebook page I have been asking questions about what grace means to you and how easily you accept or extend grace, and I have been getting some really open and honest answers.  It seems we are often afraid to extend grace to others because we think that means we are giving them permission to behave badly.

"What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no meansDon't you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey–whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?"  Romans 6:15,16

Grace sets us free.  When we accepted God's grace we were set free from the bondage of sin.  I've seen the same thing happen when grace has been extended to those around us.  When grace, instead of judgment and condemnation, is offered the weight of sin seems to fall off and people are set free.

The gift of grace was freely given to you.... now freely give it to others.

Many blessings,

On a side note, I will be taking a little blogging break next week for spring break.   Happy Spring! 

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  1. Hi Lisa - I love this post. I love God's grace. i am so grateful for it, and to extend it to others is the least we can do. And doing so, brings us joy too.
    God bless and have a super weekend

  2. I am so very thankful for God's grace, I need a lot of it. {smiles} He so freely gives His grace to me and I want to freely extend grace to others.

  3. Hi Lisa,
    Grace...grace...God's grace...that's a wonderful thing and I'm so thankful He has extended it to me. I pray I can always do that for others. But...I'm afraid I will sometimes fail!


  4. Hi Lisa,
    Grace sure can be a hard thing to extend to others, but we must always remember God has extended us much grace. Thanks for this reminder and God bless,

  5. nice post thanks for sharing...blessings

  6. I can only extend the grace after first having accepted it from God. Some days I am so undeserving. Thanks for this post.

  7. Lisa,

    I am in need of God's grace everyday, I must admit I am most undeserving of it at times. Hugs and prayers and hope you are having a great spring break vacation. can't wait for you to start blogging again.

    Blessings to you Lisa.

  8. Beautiful post Lisa. Hope you have a restful spring break. God Bless!

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