After you do something like cheat on a test, gossip, or disobey your parents you can begin to feel guilty. This guilt is what drives you to ask God for His forgiveness. However, many times you find yourself taking part in that sin again and again because you know you will be forgiven.
God forgives you for everything you do if you ask Him to
God sent his son to die for your sins, so of course he’s going to forgive you all you have to do is ask. God extends his grace to everyone regardless of what their sins are.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all wickedness.
Just like this verse says, God is just. He is completely willing to cleanse us from our sins if we are willing to surrender those sins to him.
We can’t take advantage of God’s grace
Just because God is willing to give you grace doesn’t mean you can take advantage of that. If you are truly sorry for something you won’t continue to do it.
Romans 6:1-2 Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it?
God’s grace means he still loves us despite our sinful nature. This doesn’t mean you should continually sin on purpose. We should do all we can to kill the sin that is in our lives.
You can’t just do whatever you want
First of all, you should be thankful what Jesus has done for you. He died on the cross so that we could be forgiven for our sins. We shouldn’t rub sin in his face, but show our appreciation by avoiding sin. Thanks to this sacrifice you are a new person.
2 Corinthians 5:17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
You now belong to Jesus and should want to live life like the new person Christ has allowed you to be. This means you should live to honor God. Even though you know you will be forgiven of whatever sin you might commit, you should do everything you can to avoid sin. Grace doesn’t mean you can do whatever you want. Live a life that gives God the glory he deserves.
- Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- What were you like before you became a Christian? How is it different now that you are a Christian?
- When have you not taken sin seriously?
- Describe a time when you felt really guilty and cried out to God for forgiveness.
- What are some ways you can honor God with your life?
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.