God’s law points out our sin. Without the law, there would be no such thing as sin. But God also gave us something else. He gave us His grace. It’s a beautiful thing. Without it, we’d be in a world of hurt, that’s for sure. But many think this grace gives us a license to sin. Some think that the death of Jesus on the cross negates the law and that we are free to do whatever we want.
Romans 6:1, 2 says, “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” Paul here is talking of God’s grace. There are two very important points here.
First, Paul asks a question. Should we continue to wallow in sin so grace can abound? He answers his own question with a resounding, “God forbid.” God forbid that we should continue in sin.
In the next sentence, Paul makes a very important point. We are dead to sin. This is not to say that our sins don’t count against us. But this is to say that because we are dead to sin, we should not live in it any longer. The Bible is already clear on how a marriage should function. One man and one woman in marriage. (Genesis 1:28-29; Genesis 2:21-25).
In addition to this, God said not to commit adultery (and yes, lusting is the same thing as adultery – see Matthew 5:28) and to keep the marriage bed undefiled. (Exodus 20:14 & Hebrews 13:4). So when you pull up that page of porn, or when you lust after someone of the opposite sex, you are committing adultery in your heart and defiling your marriage bed, even if you are single.
I saw a poem a while back that went something like this:
I was speeding and was pulled over.
Instead of a ticket according to the law,
I was shown grace, and issued only a warning.
So I purposed in my heart,
Not to insult his grace by speeding again.
God has given us grace. Let’s not insult His grace by continuing to live in sexual sin (or any sin for that matter). I leave you with this verse from 1 Corinthians 6:18-20, KJV.
“Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”