Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Needing God's Grace

"The truth is, we all mess up our lives, some in ugly ways, some in tidy ways, and God provides a way out for all of us." ~ William Pile; What the Bible Says About Grace

I am not perfect. This may come as a shock to you, but I struggle with temptation and sin in my life. When I take time to think about my sin I become so angry. I desperately want to do better, but I constantly do things that get in the way of my relationship with God. I just don't have the strength or the self-control to overcome the evil that is in my life.

At times like these it is so wonderful to remember God's amazing grace. God is not up in Heaven waiting for us to sin so He can punish us. God sits on His throne with so much love for us, wanting us to have the wonderful life He created us to have. He weeps for us because He knows the consequences of our sins take us far away from the life we are to enjoy. The consequences of our sin make our lives hard and painful.

Grace is God's way of saying, "I love you even though you have hurt Me." Sin is always first and foremost against God, and it always damages the relationship we are intended to have with Him.

The consequences of our sin have us bound and we do not have the strength to break free. God comes to us and offers us the key to escape the power of sin. The key comes in the form of Jesus Christ. Through His death and resurrection the penalty of our sin is dealt with. Without Jesus the wages of our sin is death, but with Jesus our sins are removed and we can stand before God with confidence.

In addition to Jesus we have the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. While Jesus takes care of the penalty of our sin, the Holy Spirit gives us the strength and guidance we need to overcome the everyday sin we have in our lives. With the Holy Spirit's help we are able to overcome the problems sin puts in our relationship with God, and helps us to pursue the life we were created to have.
For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with self-control, right conduct, and devotion to God, while we look forward to that wonderful event when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed. He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing what is right. ~ Titus 2:11-14; NLT

The reason we can look forward to the wonderful event of Jesus' return isn't because of the righteous life we have lived, but because of God's grace seen in Jesus' sacrifice and the gift of the Holy Spirit. Our righteousness has little to do with our behavior and everything to do with God's gift.


Kris said...

great post paul. without grace we have no chance. thanks or your insights.


Paul said...

Thanks kris again for the comment. We certainly need grace, but it is hard to believe that it really exists. That is why it I keep finding myself trying to earn it again and again.

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