Grace Abounds When We Don’t Sin

The same grace that brings salvation also teaches us to deny ungodliness and worldly lust, so we can live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world.

Too many people limit God’s grace to salvation. Now that I’m saved, grace is done. I’m in.

But God gives more grace. Abundant, manifold, and exceeding grace.

This grace helps us overcome sin even now.

God gives grace to the humble and resists the proud. That phrase is stated two times in the New Testament.

I’d like to show you the context of both of those times. Perhaps it can help us understand what grace is given to humble people for.

But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
–James 4:6-7

Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
–1 Peter 5:5-9

Both passages about God resisting the proud and giving grace to the humble, have to do with resisting the Devil.

Grace gives you the ability to resist the Devil and sin.

Grace doesn’t just show up after we sin. Grace isn’t passively available to make up for the sin you already did.

No, grace can keep you from sin and keep you from falling for the Devil’s deceptions.

With every temptation there is a way of escape. It’s just that most of the time we don’t really want to escape temptation. Our flesh would actually like to go do the sin.

Our selfish pride, our desire to do what we want to do, gets in the way. We don’t humble ourselves, thus we miss out on the provision grace provides to protect us.

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
–Hebrews 4:16

Grace is always available. More grace than we can imagine. We don’t make grace abound by sinning; we make grace abound when we resist sin.

Resisting sin is what grace helps us do.

Yet many have the idea that grace exists so I can sin and get away with it. We think that sinning makes grace bigger.

That’s not true. It’s not that God’s grace is not big; it’s that we’re not using it. We’re keeping it ineffectual because we want to go do our proud, selfish sin.

If we only knew what we had in God’s grace. If we only knew. If we could drop the brainwashing we’ve received about God’s grace, and take God at His word that grace helps us not sin. Imagine, just imagine, what life could be.

The grace is there. Do you want it?

2 thoughts on “Grace Abounds When We Don’t Sin”

  1. Both passages about God resisting the proud and giving grace to the humble, have to do with resisting the Devil.

    I also see the passage in 2 Cor 12 about the “thorn in the flesh” has similar elements.
    1) the “thorn” was identified as a “messenger from Satan” (the Devil)
    2) there is a reference to its presence being related to keeping Paul from being conceited (pround?) – or keeping him humble.
    3) And a reference to the sufficiency of grace .

    To me it seems like a case study of those passages you quoted, showing an example of it at work in Paul’s life.

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