by Arch Hoercher
Is there a limit to God’s grace? Can one’s sin be so great that God’s grace cannot cover it? 2 Corinthians 9:14 mentions God’s exceeding grace. Ephesians 2:7 talks about the exceeding riches of His grace. 1 Timothy 1:14 states that the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant. “Abundant grace” is mentioned in 2 Corinthians 4:15, Acts 4:33, James 4:6, 1 Corinthians 12:23, Romans 5:17, Ephesians 1:7 and Ephesians 2:7. God’s grace is repeatedly spoken of as being exceeding and abundant. Exceeding means that there is more of it than what it is covering. Abundant means there is a lot of it and more than would ever be needed. Romans 5:20-21: “The law was added so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (NIV) In other words, there is no sin that God’s grace cannot cover. In the words of Corrie ten Boom, “There is no pit too deep that God’s grace isn’t deeper still.” If you believe that God could never save you because your sin is too great, you would be wrong. The grace that is a free gift from God is greater than any sin. It is “exceeding abundant”. God is in the business of forgiving sin, not because He has to, but because He wants to. He wants a relationship with you. He wants to be your Father. One thing that can hinder us in our walk with the Lord, is a guilty conscience over our sin. We should carry no guilt about the sin which we have confessed to God and has been forgiven us. We can have remorse, but not guilt. 1 John 3:19-20 (NLT) states, “We will be confident when we stand before the Lord, even if our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and He knows everything. “ Hebrews 10:22 (NCV), “Let us come near to God with a sincere heart and a sure faith, because we have been made free from a guilty conscience.” All sin can be forgiven, no matter how horrible we may think that it is. God’s grace is as big as He is and it will cover the most horrendous of sins.
Grace is also eternal. The Bible states in many different scriptures that grace gives eternal life. So if life is eternal, the grace that gives it is also eternal. 2 Thessalonians 2:16 mentions that eternal consolation is given us in His grace. If the consolation is eternal, the grace giving it must also be eternal. The grace of God is as immortal as God is.