Grace says, “I’m free, so I can.” This isn’t a license TO sin, but a license FROM sin. I’m free FROM sin, now I can practice righteousness. I’m free from sin, now I can do justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God. Grace is not the casting off of restraint it is the catalyst that allows me to cast off the tyranny of my sinful nature and receive with meekness the implanted word which is able to save my soul. Before grace I had no choice but various shades of wrong. Because of grace I can choose wisely, do rightly and be eternally pleasing to God.
“Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it?” Romans 6:1-2 (NLT)
“But if you look carefully into the perfect law of liberty that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.” James 1:25 (NLT)