The Enemies of Grace Part 1
Today we will explore some of the enemies of grace and how to overcome them.
Romans 6:1-2 – What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? Not at all! As far as sin is concerned, we are dead. So how can we keep on sinning? (NIV)
Sin – The bible defines sin as the transgression of the law; in the Old Testament, that is the Ten Commandments; in the New Testament, it is the law of love. When our love for God and our fellow man begins to wane, then sin begins the get a foothold in our lives. We have and give the grace of God on the basis of love. One major way to live above sin is to hold fast to the revelation that we have been forgiven and made righteous through God. Therefore, sin has no dominion over us. We are not sinners trying to be righteous; we are the righteous and the devil is trying to defile us. I often declare that, ‘The Lord my God loves me with all His heart, with all His soul and with all His might and I love the Lord my God with all my heart, with all my soul and with all my might and I love my neighbour as myself’. Sin is weakened when we hold fast to the revelation of our righteousness and love in Christ.
Ignorance and Forgetfulness – Quite a lot of people do not know that the grace of God has been given to them and that they have been accepted through Jesus Christ. This ignorance impacts on their outlook in life and impression of God. The result of this kind of ignorance is destruction and non-realisation of their potential. The cure to this is divine revelation. That is why Paul prays for revelation in almost of his epistles. In the absence of revelation, the human mind cannot comprehend the grace of God. In some cases, the trial and challenges of life make people shift their ground and forget that they have the grace of God at their disposal. The cure to forgetfulness is the constant reminder to ourselves that we have the abundant grace of God. It appears simple but that is why it is easy to forget and let go.
Unforgiveness – We rob ourselves of enjoying God’s grace whenever we refuse to be gracious to others. Grace is both a seed and a harvest. It is a seed to sow and a harvest to reap, by faith. A person does not have to qualify for you to show them grace. Remember that grace is unmerited favour. As we have received, so we should also give. As you have been given unmerited favour by faith through Christ, so also give unmerited favour to others who don’t deserve it.
For Further Study
Romans 3:4-6, 2 Corinthians 4:9, Matthew 18:32-35
Personal declaration for the day
I will give grace to the people around me.
Questions for you to reflect on
What enemies of grace are prominent in your life?
How have you dealt with them?
When was the last time you showed unmerited favour to someone?