“But where sin did abound, grace did much more abound.” -Romans 5:20b
Sin is always extreme. When a person comes to a place of repentance and faith in Christ, their perspective of sin changes. They begin to see that Adam and Eve were not merely guilty of tasting some forbidden fruit, they were actually guilty of rejecting all of God’s good provision in paradise in exchange for the possibility of being sufficient without their Creator. If you’re a believer in Christ, sin is extreme. It is rebellion and the punishment of eternity in hell makes sense in light of God’s holiness.
But where sin is extreme, grace is far more extreme. Grace is radical. Grace goes beyond merely forgiving sin, it restores us, renews us, regenerates us. Grace is God’s means of giving gifts beyond measure. What the heniousness of sin destroys, the miraculous nature of grace restores manifold.
How do you see your sin? Is sin a harmless prank against God? Or is it an offense to the nature and law of the Almighty Creator? We ought to view sin with extreme hatred, but we ought to view grace with extreme pleasure. In fact, we should be so turned away by the nature of sin that we run with haste to feast ourselves on the goodness of God’s grace. Where sin did abound, grace did much more abound!