Grace does not equate to complacency nor does God’s unconditional love mean that God accepts us living lives contrary to His intentions. The more the acceptance of the message of God’s grace grows the more I hear of groups perverting this position by devaluing the quality of life the God desires for every single person to experience. For anyone to continue in a lifestyle which is contrary to God’s desire for us as His children and to say that it is acceptable because God loves me and Jesus took away sin, is total foolishness. I have never met a parent yet, who truly loves their children, say to them, “It is okay to live a life of sexual promiscuity, drug addiction, alcoholism or anything else that would inhibit you from experiencing the best quality of life I desire for you because I love you.” With God when it comes to us, His children, there is no toleration of acceptance for us to experience anything less than His total provision. This is what Jesus died for in reconciling us unto our Father so that we can for all eternity experience a perfect union with God. In his sacrifice then Jesus also made it possible to experience total wholeness so that being free from anything that would influence our lives to consider choices contrary to God’s design for our lives, we would have liberty to experience the fullness of God’s desires for us.
This does not mean that God gets angry with us when we fall short of experiencing what he desires for us because many of the things that influence us to desire less than what God has for us come from such things that are demonically driven. Many people have repressed memories of events or circumstances that inhibit them from believing that they are loved and valued and deserve everything God has to offer. In cases like this it is the healing process that removes these influences from our hearts and replaces them with God’s love so we have full, healthy lives where the fruit of the Spirit, righteousness peace and joy, are a part of our daily lives. No one deserves anything by earning it from God because our Father unconditionally loves us He and gives us this quality of life as an expression of his love. Therefore to settle for something less than Papa desires for us is in a sense to reject Him.
I do realize that all of us fall short of experiencing the fullness of His provision. Some more than others. But just because we fall short does not give us the right to become complacent with where we are at. In my personal opinion I believe that complacency is of a demonic nature because it’s influence detours those under it to from seeking out healing and wholeness in order to experience the quality of life that God desires for us. When someone says that it is acceptable for someone to live their life in a way which is contrary to God’s desire because of love and forgiveness, then they are missing the point all together. Jesus did not go through what he did so that we could remain in a lost state of mind and still have a relationship with our Father. He suffered so that we could be delivered and set free from all things that would keep us from experiencing the fullness of our Father.
There are many who try to use the grace of God to justify any need for accountability and therefore say that because of His grace we are allowed to go through life doing whatever gives us pleasure because Jesus made everything acceptable. When I talk about this subject I am not saying that one is disqualified from “going to heaven” because of what they do since salvation is a gift from God which is received in faith, but the reality is Jesus said that eternal life is intimacy with our Father. If our beliefs, thoughts, actions, desires etc. are not in agreement with God, then we are not fully able to experience eternal life now to the degree that we can due to a lack of intimacy. Not a lack on God’s part but on our part. By God’s grace we can not earn anything from God, for we are innocent in His eyes, but grace does not mean that we will experience intimacy or His quality of life for us independent of participating with God in it.
We see the grace of God manifested through Jesus in that only through being in union with Jesus can we be found righteous, for no one can be found righteous through their own efforts in trying to obey the Law for righteous requirements. By God’s grace then there exists a way, which is effortless on our part, to experience eternal life through Jesus. God’s grace then is not the empowerment to live at a sub-par standard, nor to help us even keep the commandments of the law, but the ability for us to receive His quality of life experientially in living a righteous, holy, loving, peaceful, joyful, fulfilled life by receiving healing in areas of our lives where we need it and living intimately with God. Where the focus of our lives ceases from what we do and how good we can be through our own efforts, solely unto our relationship with God.
Again though even as believers if we allow situations and circumstances to influence our lives or accept ways of living our lives contrary to those in which God created for us to experience, then no matter how good we may feel about it or how happy we are, we are cheating ourselves out of God’s love and desire for us. To say that in living a complacent life we are experiencing the fullness of God is an erroneous statement at the least. It devalues God’s love for us, his desire and gifts for us as well as ourselves.