“Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more,” Romans 5:20
Let’s talk about sin for a minute. There is no complex definition. It is simply falling short of God’s glory. (Romans 3:23) It is a condition we were born into because of the choice Adam and Eve made in the garden. I know we like to think we don’t sin unless we break one of the big 10 (the Ten Commandments). But the reality is there were over 600 commandments given to Moses in the wilderness. Well, this verse says that the law was given to make the offense abundant or more obvious. In this way it is completely evident that we need to receive our Savior through God’s grace for the law to be fulfilled. Without Jesus this is impossible.
The next part of the verse is utterly amazing! It says that where there is an abundance or an overwhelming amount of sin, there is so much more grace available. The definition of grace is having all sufficiently in all things and having it in abundance for every good work. (2 Cor. 9:8) So we can conclude from this passage that by receiving God’s infinite grace, it makes up the difference of where we fall short from God. Grace is God’s divine empowerment to complete His plan for your life regardless of the fallen world we live in. Glory to God! His grace fills in all the places we are lacking. Truthfully, I cannot put into words the greatness of God’s grace. It is so much bigger than could ever be explained in our earthly language. Therefore, my final thought for you to consider would be: God’s grace is like a tidal wave, crashing over me, rushing in to meet me right where I am and filling in all the gaps where I lack in ability.
Today I want to encourage you to take some time to consider and ponder the grace of God. How is it different than His love? Then when you get some revelation about it, think even bigger. God’s grace is eternal and without end! No matter how big you can think, it is still bigger yet!
Today’s scripture reading: Romans 5:12-21