"GRACE" is not spiritual toilet paper to wipe your crap for which you had no true intentions of stopping until you got caught. People often talk heavily about grace after they've been caught in something, or they talk about it while they are in it to excuse them doing it. You might as well as spit in God's face because that is what you thought of his grace. It was grace that let you get caught when conviction from the Holy Spirit wasn't enough to make you stop.
JOHN 16:8; "And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment." #CONVICTION #REPROOF
Grace provides the power to keep you from falling, is given to recover you when you fall, and corrects you so you don't fall like you have before if you submit to correction and make yourself accountable. It forgives your fall when you truly humble yourself and sincerely repent but it does not excuse your fall. You don't get to choose the consequences of your fall and then tell others who were also hurt by it how to feel about it or when it is over just because you have moved on while leaving them behind to still deal with it; especially if you're in leadership. How dare you walk away and walk on people while doing it; that is ungodly and insincere.
JAMES 3:1 (CJB); "Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, since you know that we will be judged more severely." #ACCOUNTABILITY #LEADER
Grace isn't legalistic but it doesn't ignore the laws so you can break them, and it puts laws in place as an act of grace to help keep you in right standing. You don't obey any law to be right or that would be self righteousness, but you obey the law because grace has made you right. The Bible says Noah found grace and Job was called perfect but it wasn't because they didn't sin, but because they faced their sin in truth and let YAH cover them with his righteousness instead of trying to cover themselves. What you won't deal with will deal with you and it could be a lot more damaging when it does. The Lord Yeshua gives us grace to deal with these things privately long before it is exposed publicly because we chose to ignore it and keep doing it.
1st TIMOTHY 5:24; "Some men's sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they follow after." #CONFESSION #REPENTANCE #JUDGMENT
JAMES 1:22-25; "But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. 23) For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 24) For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. 25) But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed." #LAW #DEED #PERFECT #CONTINUE #HEARER #DOER #BLESSED
Grace doesn't give us the right to hurt others with our sin and tell them to get over it while we stay in place as if nothing has happened, or as if nobody can say anything else to us about it. That is defiance, rebellion, pride, and arrogance which is what gets us in trouble in the first place and is not true repentance at all. We take grace for granted as if it is a license to sin when that is absolutely not grace but flesh. Everyone doesn't need to know all of what you did but don't act like what you did doesn't matter and is okay because of grace. Grace isn't cheap like that, and it cost our savior his life on the cross at Calvary. Christ didn't die for our sins for us to trample his blood underfoot in indifference to our sins and call it "grace". ~ I.J. West
ROMANS 6:1-2; "What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2) God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?" #GRACE #SIN