Christian living

God’s Grace

God gave the Law to Moses and the Israelites for many reasons.

The law provided health and hygiene safety measures, set up a fair and just judicial system, provided a code of ethics and moral standards, provided boundaries (both tangible and intangible), and to prove that without a Savior Redeemer, we cannot possibly enter into the presence of God. Our sin is too high and too impossible on our own.

Often, however, people choose to acknowledge only that last reason—our need for a Savior. Now while I would certainly not argue that this is the most important reason, it isn’t the only reason. And since God saw fit to include these other elements, we need to give them the attention and obedience they deserve.

Jesus was adamant in saying He didn’t come to abolish the Law, but to fulfill it; meaning He was (and still is) the Redeemer Savior; taking away the need for sacrifices.

But the health/hygiene, judicial, and moral and ethical aspects of the Law remained in place. Murder, incest, greed, adultery, stealing, cheating…all of these things are still wrong.

We are still bound to the obedience of God’s Word and Law. But praise God we have been given the gift of eternal life with God and Jesus because of God’s grace. He removed the barriers between Him and us that were impossible for us to break through on our own.

So don’t discount the Law as anything. Know that much of it carries forward into the New Testament and the doctrine of the Church.

Just be prayerfully wise; being careful to know that you are saved because of God’s grace through faithful obedience and worship.

Pray

Dear God,

Thank You for your Son, Jesus.

Thank You for the gift of salvation.

Help me honor that gift by being obedient and faithful to your commands.

In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:”

“But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.””‭‭James‬ ‭4:6‬ ‭

What this means is that God has already given you grace just by believing in him. God’s grace is that he loves you and is there for you despite the fact that you’re a sinner. You just have to choose to put that grace first in your life. God’s grace means he’s looking out for you and you are saved because of this. But while it’s important to acknowledge that grace, there’s so much more to grace than just accepting that love. 

When you think of a graceful person, who do you think of? 

They’re kind to everyone, they say the right things, and they never miss a step Whether it be out on the dance floor or just merely in the presence of strangers, having grace is very admirable. But it’s really easy to feel like you’re not a graceful person just because of the way you move and speak. It’s even easier to say that you don’t have grace within you because you have a rocky relationship with God. Newsflash: you don’t have to be a talented dancer, eloquent speaker, or even a perfect Christian to be considered graceful. 

It’s so easy to be petty and cruel and let horrible thoughts control you because your feelings have been hurt or you feel betrayed. Trust me, I know. But being graceful and living with grace mean that you put that grace before these other emotions because grace is much more important. It means gracefully letting things go that are not meant for you. It means going beyond your inclinations of trying to get the upper hand or revenge on someone who hurt you. Having grace in your heart and soul is choosing to be the bigger person. It is acting like a lady and understanding that having mean thoughts doesn’t mean you have to act on them. No one is perfect or acts like a complete angel all the time. However, being graceful means that you put your best intentions forward with everyone despite what you have heard or what they have done to you. Grace is doing what is right, not what is easy.With God all things are Possible Shirt Matthew 19 26

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