I consistently wrestle with always making sure I stay in between legalism and grace. I know, that may sound weird to some modern Christians that ONLY focus on His love and grace. Truth is, we cannot truly understand His love and grace without realizing how broken we are. We cannot even begin to comprehend His love and grace for us without understanding His wrath and judgment.
The reality is that we should all make sure that we are consistently analyzing our lives to see where we can improve. Although we no longer live under the law, God still desires for us to all be holy and set apart.
So if anyone purifies himself from anything dishonorable,he will be a special instrument, set apart, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work. Flee from youthful passions, and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.2 Timothy 2:21-22 CSB
The call for us to be holy and live a blameless life before God is still in place. The difference is that we are not judged based on our performance and we have been reconciled to God through Jesus. I’m sure at one point or another many of us have wrestled with trying to find this balance. There are usually two spectrums when it comes to how we react to sin. On one end, we feel an overwhelming sense of conviction and guilt that drives us away from God. On the other end, we remind ourselves that God is loving, full of grace and that Jesus died from our sins. For most, they don’t realize that simply reminding ourselves of God’s goodness still doesn’t bring us any closer to God.
For most, they don’t realize that simply reminding ourselves of God’s goodness still doesn’t bring us any closer to God.Tweet
You see, this is where the balance becomes critical for our walk with God. We must find that fine line of letting the overwhelming conviction drive us to a place of repentance and ultimately into God’s graceful arms. We cannot have one without the other and the bridge between the two is a heart full of repentance.
We are all loved with an everlasting love from God. This overwhelming love still calls us to pursue holiness and carefully observing God’s commands. Do not let Jesus’ death on the cross become an excuse for sin.