The Deeper Christian Life – How Does God Feel Toward You If You Sin?

We intrinsically know that bad behavior deserves fair and just punishment. It is part of God’s law that is ingrained in our flesh. “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth” (Exodus 21:24). If you do good, you are rewarded. If you do bad, you get what you deserve – some form of penalty or punishment. The cause effect relationship of good behavior vs. bad behavior and the results that both produce is similar to the law of gravity or the law of sowing and reaping. If you jump off of a building, the impact will kill you. If you rob a bank, you will go to jail. If you sin, the wages are death and separation from God.

However, the New Covenant has introduced an entirely different economy. Let’s look at an interesting verse in Romans 6:1.

Rom 6:1-2 “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?

The verse in Romans 6:1 is often quoted with the purpose of discouraging Christians from sinning. “Are we to continue in sin that grace might increase?” Obviously, God does not want us to sin. A Christian is called to live and walk in righteousness, not sin. But notice a very interesting truth that is found in Romans 6:1. If we sin, grace actually increases. “Are we to continue in sin that grace might increase?” The answer to the question is a resounding “Of course not!” But when sin increases, so does grace.

Rom 5:20 “The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more,”

Because the natural law of the consequences of good vs. bad is ingrained in our flesh, we naturally believe that if we make a bad choice or fail in some way, that we are a disappointment to God and that we have caused him to feel negative towards us. We therefore believe that our bad choices have created distance between ourselves and God. Although God is grieved over our sin, we are not distanced from God because of sin. On the contrary, His heart of compassion draws even closer toward us as we fail.

Look at this amazing truth found in Matthew 18.

Mat 18:12-13 “What do you think? If any man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go and search for the one that is straying? “If it turns out that he finds it, truly I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine which have not gone astray.”

What? He actually rejoices over the lost sheep MORE than over the ninety-nine who have not gone astray? This does not make any sense. The good sheep who did not stray and who did the “right thing” are not as rejoiced over, as the one who strayed away. God is not rejoicing over the fact that the one sheep strayed away. He does not rejoice over sin. But we frequently believe that if we stray, we are in the dog house of guilt when we return to God. This is completely backwards.

The grace of God has thrown a wrench in the law. Grace does not compute. The law says that 1+1=2. In other words, if you sin then you get what you deserve. However, the grace of God says that “1+1=a tree”. In other words, grace does not play by the same rules as the law. Grace is not in the same ballpark. It is not even on the same planet.

Your flesh cannot understand the grace of God. If you stay within the rules of the law, the best your flesh can come up with to understand grace is to say that “according to grace, if I sin, then God will not repay me with harshness and rejection.” But this is not grace at all. On the contrary, grace actually says “If you sin, you are repaid with love and tenderness.” Remember Romans 5 and 6, “but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more.”

If you begin to grasp the true message of grace, you are forced to trust God, and simply receive it, because it does not make sense according to the natural law that is ingrained in your flesh.

Luke 15:17-20 describes the prodigal son. The son who left his father and went into the far country to sin, was met with a robe, sandals, a ring, and a feast on his return. On his journey back from rebellion, he was met with compassion, not the doghouse of being less valued or less wanted. The good son who remained at home received none of this, and he felt slighted for it. Yet, the father replied, “You have always been with me, and all that I have is yours.”

What is the point? The payment for your sin has already been made. Justice has already been served. Jesus got what you truly deserved  for your sin on the cross. If you sin, you should get death, hell, and separation. Instead, you get mercy and compassion (Isaiah 61:3, Matt. 26:28).

You can’t ruin this. You have God’s love and his favor toward you – no matter what.  You are loved in the very middle of your sin and your failures. God does not want you to sin. Sin is horrible and it grieves God’s heart. But if you do sin, when you return – you are met with welcome, mercy, and kindness (1 Jn. 2:1).

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5 Comments

  1. roy
    Dec 29, 2014

    Thanks for sacrificing your time and heart to freely share His gifts to you with us brother.
    I pray that we too know this freedom and so share all we receive with one another with His abounding grace asking nothing in return, only trusting in His continuing provision.

    Thanks again.

  2. Trish
    Dec 21, 2014

    Thanks so much. God saved me 30 years ago, and the longer I have walked with Him, the more I’ve been disappointed in my indwelling sin and have rejoiced in His astonishing grace. When I stand before Him at last, I will by His grace only trust that the Blood of Jesus was truly enough to pay in full the penalty for my sin. Outside of this, I, and we, are all sunk. On this alone I stand, that Christ died for sinners among whom I am chief. Praise to You, oh Lamb of God!!!!!

  3. Gerald
    Dec 20, 2014

    What a blessing your article gives to those who struggle with sin and failures. We can now trust him fully! Thanks for sharing truth.

  4. Charles
    Dec 19, 2014

    Amen. Thank you for this article. Satan tries to confuse me about this when I stumble. But the Word says otherwise. Jesus always lifts me back up. And I can testify when I have overcome any sin, it isn’t me, but Jesus who overcomes it through me. He teaches me to walk in trust, in the Spirit, not by law. Praise God for grace!

  5. Jason
    Dec 15, 2014

    I loved this article. Thanks for posting.

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