While we thank God, every day, for new grace and new mercy, we want to be mindful not to use His grace like a credit card – sin now, repent later.
I believe the main difference between a Christian and a non-Christian is that a Christian should never purposefully set out to sin.
We should never take the position within ourselves of, “Oh, God knows my heart. He know I gotta go out and get some from Jerome tonight. I plan to repent afterward – God’ll just have to understand.”
He understands all right – He understands that you get a kick out of taking advantage of Him.
No one likes to feel used or taken advantage of. The God we serve is real with real feelings. The Bible makes several references in Scripture regarding how he felt when man decided to turn away from Him and do wicked in His sight. It actually hurt His feelings.
And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. Genesis 6:6
God is searching the earth, right now, to and fro for someone whose heart is pure toward Him and who He can show Himself strong in.
God wants to bless you with all the desires of your heart and more as you seek His face and follow after His will, but as long as you continue to live in sin, or follow after a lifestyle of unrighteousness his hands are tied.
Thank God for the grace of God, but once you repent, which means turn away, determine in your heart not to make the same mistake again, and don’t put yourself in the same predicament that may have caused the slip in the first place.
Abstain from all appearance of evil. 1 Thessalonians 5:22
For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. 2 Chronicles 16:9a
*Originally published on Kim on the Web.