God showed me that although we are saved by Grace, the consequences or effects of His law still apply today.
There is a deception in the church today that says: “saved by grace – no consequences to pay”. But this is not true.
For example, if you were to go out and get a girl pregnant, you would get a baby. You can/are forgiven for the sin of fornication, but the consequences – the baby – are not dealt with by forgiveness (grace). There is a consequence. You would need to live with this consequence and work through it, even though you have been forgiven.
So grace does not take away the consquences of sin, and one of the reasons God doesn’t want us to sin is because of the consequences! The other reason is because He wants us to be like Him!
1 Peter 1:16 “for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy.'”
Note: it is ONLY through grace that we gave the ability to walk in God’s ways, and not sin. Trying in our own strength to overcome sin will only serve to bond you to it more.
1 Cor 15:56 “The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.