Every good thing that God offers to humanity, the devil, in fulfilling his agenda, contaminates such good gifts and attempts to make them instruments for mass soul destruction. Since the devil knows that every child of God can attain a life of holiness as desired by God through his grace, he evolved an agenda to pollute grace by making man appreciate grace from ungodly points of view. William Faber aptly captures this message thus “God does not save us by grace so that we may live in disgrace“.
In Jude 3-4, the Lord, seeing how Satan can overturn the benefits of His grace, warns us thus “For some godless people have slipped in unnoticed among us, persons who distort the message about the grace of our God in order to excuse their immoral ways, and who reject Jesus Christ, our only Master and Lord. Long ago, the Scriptures predicted the condemnation they have received“.
Today in our world, there seems to be this evil theology that even if we are living in sin and are doing “mighty works” for God, that God will eventually overlook our sins and so in many Christian quarters, there are foul smells of sin instead of the loving fragrance of God’s grace. This is total deception emanating from the pits of hell. Going further in the abuse of grace is the impression that prosperity, most times acquired through manipulative tendency of the weak, is an indication of the grace of God upon the recipient. And so, you see a believer describing good houses, exquisite cars and a “fat bank account” as the grace of God.
Today, we are challenged to revisit the reflection of God’s grace according to John Newton, “The Amazing grace”. This is the grace that saved a wretch like me, the grace that taught my heart to fear God and the grace that relieved all my fears and worries. This is the grace, that through many dangers, toils and snares, will still guide me safely and this grace will continue to direct us till we see God in heaven.
Beloved in Christ, Dr. Charles Swindoll describes the traits of “grace abusers” thus, “not willing to take a stand for what is right; not willing to take a stand against what is wrong; quotes Scripture out of context to prove their point; emphasises too much about being ‘free from sin’; appears to adhere to ‘moral relativism’; loves tolerance more than truth; causes others to sin more (possibly unknowingly); prefers to cover up the sin with grace rather than deal with it; sometimes uses grace as a ‘smoke screen’ or a ‘distraction device’.”
Thomas Kempis concludes this reflection with this message, “God’s grace is precious, it suffers not itself to be mingled with ephemeral things or earthly consolations. You must therefore, cast away every obstacle to grace if you desire to have it infused into you“.
Prayer; Grant me your grace, dear Lord, never to be comfortable with sin and everything that appeals to carnality. Grant me your mercy and compassion for the several times I’ve abused the privilege of your grace. Save me from myself, Lord, bring me into you.
*Excerpts from the Daily Strength Devotional (19/7/17)*