Bad Excuses


Yes, it is true we once were sinners and we have been saved by His grace.For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, (Ephesians 2:8 NKJV) what a glorious, selfless thing! That He who knew no sin took my sin to the cross.
( 2Corinthians 2:21) How humbling that is indeed.

Why do we take that beautiful fact and use it as an excuse? There is no excuse for our bad behavior. I recently received an apology text, and while it was very kind to realize an apology was in order, at the end it read: ‘I am a sinner saved by grace just like everyone else.’ Does being a sinner qualify us to be insensitive?

The words that we use are powerful. We are warned in Scripture many times about the tongue.
Being a sinner saved by grace should be why we are kind, generous and abounding in love. That phrase should not be used as an excuse for our sin nature.

I am far from perfect and I will likely offend you at some point. For any offense I am truly sorry. I will not shrug it off as an o’ well, I’m a sinner saved by grace. Because I have been saved by grace I identify with the women at the well (John 8:11) where Jesus says “GO AWAY AND SIN NO MORE.” Don’t mistake me for being sinless, just without excuse.

A pastor in my church recently said this ” our Christian liberties end and someone else’s conscience.” Referring to Romans 8, just because you can do something or say something doesn’t mean you should. Maybe we should seek wisdom. Listen more, talk less.

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