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That He's only got a certain saved amount just for you and--oops--if you've used it all up, sorry chester, you're oughta luck?
Of course, as Christians, we know that isn't true. We know where we stand before the throne of Grace, that no matter what we do we will always be forgiven.
But have you ever doubted that...just a little tiny bit? I know I have. Surely, this is the last time God's going to say He loves and forgives me, after I've done this for the thousandth time. Surely God's grace has a depth to it, one that I'm sure to reach--and hit with a resounding smack.
But have you ever thought that when we reach that point of believing God's grace is no longer good enough, it gives the devil that much more room to step in?
Go ahead, just do it. God's grace is all used up on you anyway. How could He love someone who's made so many mistakes?
In those moments of weakness, of being sure that we have done something so drastically awful that God can never forgive us, that we allow Satan an open door to our heart. We might as well hand over the key as well.
God is all loving. All forgiving. His mercies are always new. That isn't to excuse the fact that He expects us to learn and mature from our mistakes, but like the loving Father He is, His love knows absolutely no bounds.
For His child--a child of the King--what freedom we have in His love. Not freedom to do whatever we want, but freedom to love with complete and utter abandon, striving to honor Him in His presence and to those we come in contact with.
This week I made such a mistake, one I regretted and wished to take back. I know God was disappointed with me in the state of my heart...does that give me permission to act that way all over again, because I know God will always forgive me? No. Absolutely no.
What it does do is make me fight all the harder to honor and please my Heavenly Father. And praise Him for the grace He freely gives each of us.