“All that passing laws against sin did was produce more lawbreakers. But sin didn’t, and doesn’t, have a chance in competition with the aggressive forgiveness we call grace.” (Romans 5: 20, The Message Bible)
Grace is not a passive thing. It isn’t waiting to be called upon and spurred into action. Grace is aggressive. That divine Love that loves and that blesses is always active, ready to save us from the belief that we can’t be saved. This grace is always more powerful that the dooming and depressing specter of sin and its punishment.
The wrong we may do is never overcome merely by being told it’s bad or that it will hurt us. A strict law for behavior enforced by a punishing sense of wrong-doing may or may stop people from doing regrettable or harmful things, but it can’t bring peace of mind, genuine repentance, and a real understanding of good and its true pleasure.
Only good, God, itself can do that. Only that grace has the real power to absolve us of not only the “sin” but the desire to sin, the justifying of it. Only grace can give us the freedom that shows us that our innocence is not lost and that we truly don’t want to lose it and really can’t. Only grace, God’s unconditional and aggressive loving-kindness, can give us a pure glimpse of the reason for the law of God, and for its protection and affection. This reforms us, forms us anew in the spirit of our true selves, obedient, good children of a loving Father-Mother-God who is pleased with us.
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