License to Sin

“Oh well, God will forgive me anyway…”

Have you ever heard someone say this?  Have you ever thought this to yourself as you make an excuse to do something you know that you are not supposed to do?  

I will admit that I have…

It’s tempting to use our assurance of salvation as a license to continue sinning, especially those little sins that seem so harmless or the ones that are so deeply hidden that no one else is likely to find out.  However, the Father’s immeasurable grace, forgiveness and love is not our free pass to live in disobedience to Him.  

When we have such a casual attitude towards our sin, we fail to comprehend the awesome nature of God. When we make excuses for our sin and give in just one more time, we are returning to things that are dead and rotting.  When we forget that even the smallest sin deserves the wrath and fury of the living God, we fail to understand the significance of the gospel.  More seriously, when we give ourselves permission to continue sinning because we are “saved anyway” we make a mockery of Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross.  

Hebrew 10:26-27, 29 says,
“For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a terrifying expectation of judgment and the fury of a fire which will consume the adversaries…How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled underfoot the Son of God…and has insulted the Spirit of grace?”

Don’t let your heart become hardened!  Remember the price that Jesus was willing to pay for you! Don’t lose your confidence in the reward!

Endure! 

For you were formerly darkness,
but now you are Light in the Lord;
walk as children of Light…
— Ephesians 5 : 8, NASB

If you are struggling with making excuses for your sin, here are two suggestions: 

  1. Admit your struggles to yourself and then confess to others.  Confess to the Father.  Confess to Jesus. Then confess to a trusted friend, whom you can enlist to pray for you and hold you accountable.  
     
  2. Memorize Galatians 2:20 to help you live a life that is worthy of the gospel by refusing to offer any part of yourself up to sin, but instead offering yourself up as a living sacrifice to God.  Bury it’s truth in your heart and let it transform you.  

Galatians 2:20
I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself up for me.

Elaine