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Grace That Sets Us Free

We are saved by grace (Ephesians 2:8-9).  I praise God for this.  If salvation were by works, how would we know when we had done enough to please God?  Who would be the standard for works to obtain the righteousness that we need to stand before a holy God?  We could spend our time praying, reading the Bible, evangelizing, singing, worshiping, giving to the poor, helping widows, supporting orphans, etc. but we would always feel that we don’t measure up and we wouldn’t since the standard is perfection (Matthew 5:48).

But grace is so much more than just salvation from sin.  Grace empowers us to help us live for the glory of God.  I was reading in my devotions from Romans 6:14 and I love how Paul the Apostle says that since we are under the reign of grace, sin shall not have dominion over us.  Grace sets us free from sin to serve God. We can’t earn God’s favor.  We can’t earn God’s righteousness.  We can’t earn God’s salvation.  We only can hope in Jesus who died to save us from our sins (John 19:30).  Jesus came to die for our sins (Matthew 1:21).  Jesus came to reconcile us to God through His own blood (Matthew 26:28; 2 Corinthians 5:18-21). Jesus came to bring us peace with God (Romans 5:8-9; Ephesians 2:14).  Grace brings us to God because grace was fully revealed in Jesus Christ (John 1:17).

And this grace, this amazing grace empowers us to overcome sin and live for God.  How I need this grace.  If left to myself and my utter depravity, I would fall away from the Lord.  I would not pray.  I would not share my faith.  I would not study my Bible.  I would not be the godly man my wife needs me to be and the example I need to be before my family and others.  I need the grace of God.  I will never cease to need this grace.  Thankfully Titus 2:11-12 promises me that this grace will help me to say no to sin.  This grace empowers me to live for the glory of the Lord.  If not for this grace, I would not even begin to honor the Lord (Romans 3:10-18).

I cast myself upon the grace of God.  What else can I do?  I can never earn His favor.  I can’t do enough to satisfy His just wrath against sin.  Even my good works, apart from His grace, are tainted by my pride and arrogance.  I must throw myself before the cross and cry out to God and declare that I will always need His grace.  I have no salvation apart from this grace.  I have no hope apart from this grace.  I only have this grace because of Jesus and what He did for me on the cross.

I praise God for this grace!

Written by The Seeking Disciple

07/20/2011 at 10:11 PM

Posted in Grace

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