Some Christians say they have a license to sin. They view grace (Eph 2:8-10) as a reason to sin without fear of recourse. However, we know that from Ephesians 2:10 that by grace, we become a masterpiece set apart for good works.
But can't our good works go alongside living as we please if we're forgiven?
Paul gives a quick answer in Romans 6. "What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life" (6:1-4).
God's grace and forgiveness do not permit us to sin. Yes, all things are permissible, but not all things are profitable (1 Cor. 10:23). So let's live with intentionality every day.
Reflect: Read Romans 6:1-14. Death is mentioned 15 times here. How do Christ's death, burial, and resurrection tie into our relationship within? What are the implications of vv. 11-13?
Respond: How have you used God's grace as a reason to sin? How does Romans 6 answer the question, "If it feels good, shouldn't I do it?"