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Now the law came in so that the transgression may increase, but where sin increased, grace multiplied all the more
Some children were playing roughly on their neighbor’s car and damaging it. Because they were children, even though they somehow knew that what they were doing was not correct, they did not understand the full gravity. Now in order for them to understand the gravity, their neighbor and their parents gave them clear instructions never again to play on their neighbor’s car and told them the consequences, but they disobeyed their parents’ instruction still.
By continuing to play on the car and damage it, they were now committing two wrongs: they were roughing up their neighbor’s car and were now disobeying a direct instruction from their parents and their neighbor. When they damaged their neighbors bumper and he forgave them by paying for the repairs, he was forgiving them for two great offenses, and for this, they were truly grateful (because as teenagers, they knew he could press charges and have them prosecuted). Their neighbor did not only forgive those kids for roughing up his car(which they intuitively knew was wrong), but he forgave them for also disobeying and disregarding his instructions and warnings against their actions(the disregard was more painful).
Man committed sin from the beginning, but without the law, we did not know how dangerous sin was(it was the law that showed us that the wages of sin is death). God gave Man a conscience that acts as a law within him(see Rom 2:14-15), violating that conscience is sin in itself, but when the law came, sinning was now double transgression. The one was violating the principle of life, and the other was disobedience to the commands of God. Because of the law, sin became even more sinful and offensive(a double violation). Thus, the grace that made us free from the filthiness and consequences of sin had to much more abound.
Grace is like the detergent and effort put in to wash a filthy vessel. Grace is God’s cost and effort to wash away the filth of our sins and make us clean and justified to stand before Him and share in His divine nature. You would agree with me that the dirtier something is, there would be more detergent and work required to clean it.
Where sin increased, grace multiplied much more.
Go into today remembering that it cost God the life of His only begotten son to clean you of your sins. Don’t take this sacrifice for granted by willfully walking in the flesh(sin). Do everything possible to flee the path of sin. Seek help if the need be.
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