Inaccurately Applied Truth - Part I

I want to dive deeper into this conversation about "enabling grace." It’s remarkable when you stop to consider the kind of relationship a holy God is willing to have with sinners like us.  It’s amazing to think God was willing to sacrifice His own Son in order to be fully satisfied about the issue of our guilt.  It’s wonderful to think God has forever defined our worth by publicly demonstrating on a cross how worthwhile we are to Him. It’s also astounding to think we have a whole new identity before God.  We no longer need to cower in shame and hide ourselves from God, because in Christ we have been set free from our shame.  In summary, we now know the profound truth that God loves us just the way we are.While this is all completely true, sinful people like us can misunderstand and misapply this truth.  In fact, the apostle Paul knew fallen people might do this exact thing when he wrote: "What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?" Romans 6: 1-2In Romans chapters one through five Paul had presented the incredible news that God loves sinful people just the way they were.  But he also knew this incredible truth, though real, could (in the befuddled minds of fallen people) lead to flawed beliefs that went something like - “Oh I get it!  Now that God accepts me just the way I am, I can continue thinking what I’ve always thought, feeling what I’ve always felt, and doing what I’ve always done.  All I have to do is live the way I’ve always lived, and God will keep on forgiving me.” Is this some of what you think and feel?