WHEN GRACE ENDS
God extends a grace period for maturity and conforming to his word. You also extend a grace period for developing personal relationships. During the grace period, you get to know each other. Relationships are tested, and trust developed or violated. When grace is violated, God moves to the next phase of a discipline called the law. Biblical laws (sanctions) are given for our protection. Laws offer guidance for moral, social, civil, and righteous behavior. When laws are broken, then God moves into the next phase called judgment. In other words, a man reaps what he sows. If you sow to the flesh, you shall reap of the flesh. Another scripture says, “The wages of sin is death.” So we see a pattern of grace, law, and judgment. This means you give people loving grace while developing a relationship. When they trample on grace, then you must tell them the way it is. That’s laying down the law or telling people what’s expected of them. It’s telling them what’s allowed and what’s not allowed. This is what God does with us. He gives us grace and His Word. From His Word, we learn what’s expected of us.