“Where sin increased, grace increased…more.” Ro 5:20 NIV
Bill Wilson and Bob Smith, co-founders of Alcoholics Anonymous, once visited an attorney who was a hardened alcoholic. Confined because of violent behavior, the man had no choice but to listen to their stories of recovery. But as soon as they started talking about a “Higher Power,” the attorney shook his head and said, “It’s too late for me. I still believe in God but I know He no longer believes in me.” How sad—and misguided! Are you worried that God won’t accept you because of your sins? You don’t have to be! Paul says, “Where sin increased, grace increased…more.” And he should know, because before his Damascus Road conversion he was “Public Sinner Number One” (1Ti 1:15 MSG). Afterwards God used him to reach the world with the gospel (See Ac 17:2). “Grace” was so central to Paul’s message that he mentions it in the very beginning of all his Epistles. That’s because he understood that by trying to stand on your own merit before a Holy God, every time you mess up you feel like a failure—unloved, unworthy, and unaccepted. Psychologists say we try to conform to the image of us that’s seen by the most important person in our lives. So can you imagine what would happen if you started seeing yourself as God sees you? The truth is, you’re His redeemed child and He sees you through the blood of Jesus, which cleanses all your sins (See 1Jn 1:9). There’s nothing you can do to make God love you more, and nothing you can do to make Him love you less! And that’s the good news!