It saddens me when people abuse the grace God has given to us. I see this happening in many ways, but the one that causes me the most frustration is when people adopt this attitude:
"God loves me and will forgive me, so I can do what I like!"
This is not only a false understanding of God's holiness, but also his Love. From a human perspective can you imagine the consequences for a child who says to their parents: "I know you love me and won't discipline me, so I am going to do what I like!" That certainly would never fly in our home and I don't believe God would let it slide either. I like the words of the Life Application Study Bible that say:
“God’s grace does not cancel our duty to obey Jesus: it gives our obedience a new basis.”
Our obedience to Jesus is based on our reaction to his immeasurable grace. The way we respond to God's overtures of love is show it by our actions.
Ephesians 2:8-9 - “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Living in Grace