Paul has now returned to a similar question to the one that he asked in verse 1.† However, the two questions are not exactly the same.† In verse 1, a person foolishly does more evil things, so that God can forgive him more.† In verse 15, the person foolishly imagines that Godís kindness to him permits that person to do evil things.
These might seem strange excuses for evil behaviour.† However, people are constantly making up such excuses for the wrong things that they do.† They want to feel as if they are not really doing anything wrong.
Even many Christians do not want to obey what the Bible says.† Perhaps, like the people in Romans 2:17-24, they think that Godís commands are only for other people to follow.† Christians have a relationship with God because of his grace (his kindness), not because of his law.† So, some Christians argue that they do not have to obey Godís law.
That argument may seem clever, but actually it is foolish and dangerous (1 Corinthians 10:6-12).† It is never right to do something wrong.† Godís law teaches us how God wants us to live.† God does not change (Hebrews 13:8; James 1:17).† His opinions about how we should live have not changed (Matthew 5:17-19).† Some parts of Godís law are commands that are necessary for moral reasons.† Of course we must obey those commands.† Other parts are there to teach us about God or about ourselves.† Of course we should study those passages, and we should learn those lessons.
The real reason why people do evil things is wrong desires (James 1:13-15).† Often, those desires are for power, happiness or money.† However, when we truly allow Godís Holy Spirit to guide us, we do not desire wrong things (Galatians 5:16-17).† What Godís Holy Spirit does in our lives is never against his law (Galatians 5:22-23).
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