My last post was about repentance, forgiveness and becoming holy by God’s grace. I still stand behind those words but God has been teaching me some more on the subject during the weekend. I don’t want anyone to think that salvation depends on anything but God’s grace.
Even though the Holy Spirit brings some matters to our attention so that we could repent (and we are wise to do so) we can never be fully aware of and hence repent all of our sins. But God’s pardon applies to ALL of our sins. If we are in Christ, we are truly forgiven for all of our sins. We are truly forgiven for sins we are aware of and for the ones we are not aware. We are forgiven for everything when we are in Christ! (And this is not a license to sin! When we live in Christ, we are not of the world).
This means that if you live your life in Christ, under God’s grace you are ready to die any moment without any reason to panic about non-repented sins. If Christ lives in you, it is Christ whom God sees in you. We are FREE to live in grace and praise the Lord!
Even though our asking for forgiveness can never be perfect and complete, God’s forgiveness is perfect and complete in Jesus. God’s grace is always more than our sinfulness when we are in Christ Jesus. When we are under grace we are not under law.
All that passing laws against sin did was produce more lawbreakers. But sin didn’t, and doesn’t, have a chance in competition with the aggressive forgiveness we call grace. When it’s sin versus grace, grace wins hands down. All sin can do is threaten us with death, and that’s the end of it. Grace, because God is putting everything together again through the Messiah, invites us into life—a life that goes on and on and on, world without end. (Romans 5: 20-21, MSG)
We are free! We are truly free in Jesus! God’s amazing grace is truly astonishingly powerful! All our sins have been forgiven! We are free to live in grace! Rejoice! Praise the Lord! His love endures forever! His grace has no limits! Alleluia!
We are in awe of your tremendous grace.
We are in awe of your unending love.
Thank you for pardoning us in Jesus.
Thank you for freeing us to live in grace.
Make us holy as Christ.
Make us worthy of you!
Enable us to live fully in your grace.
Equip us to share your radical grace.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: How does the radical grace of God make you feel? What keeps you from living truly under grace and not under law?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you live in grace!
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