Paul made a couple of contradicting statements in the Bible. In one place he says, “It is lawful for me to do anything I want, but it is not always profitable.” 1 Corinthians 6:12. But in Romans 6:1 he says, “What shall we say then? Shall we sin more so that grace will abound more? Certainly not!” So I can do anything I want as long as it doesn’t tempt grace? So, which is it?
The real question we might want to ask is, “Does true Christianity dictates rights and wrongs?” Or this one, “Are there things we shouldn’t do?” “How do we determine what is sin and what is not?”
The list of questions can go on and on. However, the first thing we have to understand above all else is that God loves us. And not like the neighbor loves us. Or even a family member. His love has no bounds and no level of up or down. Here is a short passage from the book, “Crazy Amazing Love: 31 Pieces of Love” –
“Let’s use a chart type to explain this. The greatest Love is a 10. That’s the level of Love that will give up the Son to die to make a way. Our Love for God will vary within that chart. Our Love for others will also.
About a 2 for criminals and strangers. That’s the hardest one. We might be pushing a 4 for people we know. Co-workers, distant relatives, and so on. Our family might garnish a 5 or 6. Our spouse, maybe even a 7. Our Love for God 5-8. At best. Of course, there are many variations in the Chart of Love. There might even be a few 10s in there somewhere. But very few.
God has a 10 for us. He had a 10 when He made Adam, and He had a 10 when He made you. There is no variable. He doesn’t have off days. He doesn’t get up in the morning with a 5 until His first cup of coffee.”
The point is that when we begin asking questions about our sin and what is or is not sinful, we need to filter everything through the eyes of God’s love.
But, then it seems to become circular. As we come to know God’s love, our whole way of thinking changes. Questions like whether or not something is sinful or not become less and less important. Then we begin to wonder about whether or not we are wondering about things that are no longer relative or important. Does sin disappear in our lives? No, we still do things we shouldn’t, but the resolve of those things become different.
It sounds complicated, but it’s not. At least not once we begin to see the level of God’s crazy amazing love. We can live worrying about if we messed up or live knowing God loves us despite anything we might do that is wrong.
Yes we can technically do anything we want. But as we grow closer to God and see a clearer picture of His love, we desire to do less and less of that which might push us away from Him. And it’s true we should never take advantage of the great grace God has bestowed upon us. But, again, as we learn more of God’s love, we desire less and less to damage the grace he gives us.
So many questions and confusions can be resolved and put to rest if we just remember the amazing level of God’s love…