—Ezra 10:2-3 (NASB)
There seem to be those who hold to the notion that grace is a kind of “get out of jail free card”. They seem to think that God’s grace shakes clean the Etch-o-Sketch of their life, removing any remembrance of past sin without considering what that divine act means for the future. Does it mean you can now start over, recreating the list of sins from which you were just absolved? No, God’s grace is an opportunity. Specifically, it is the opportunity God provides for us to make things right so that we never again accumulate a list of sins needing to be undeservedly removed.