Basing our identity on what we do is not the the gospel. The good news that Jesus came to share with us that our identity is determined not by how well we follow God’s imperatives but by the relationship his grace provides. To echo the gospel principles that I believe and want others to believe, we have to change our words to say. For example, in sharing the gospel with our children , we would say, Don’t do that your are my son/Daughter and I love you. I want their actions to be based on their identity, ( the son/daughter I love) not for their identity to be based on their actions. Their actions would vary, their family identity would not. They would always be my son or daughter. It is that reality you want to conform their heart to follow the father’s ways. You don’t want what they did to determine who they are, you want who he/she is to determine what he/she they did. That is grace in action.
Grace is one those things we cannot completely grasp because of sin. It is like jello in our hands may times. We either go from one extreme to the other. A license to sin or it can lead to despair knowing that nothing that we can do is enough. A biblical grace comes to our rescue.
It is the misunderstanding of justification and sanctification- the “who/do order”. What is our responsibility and what is Gods. Is in this misunderstanding that many deal with guilt, resentment and insecurity. Do you struggle with confidence in what God has done and who He is? We can struggle with the works ethics without even realizing it. It is in experiencing the grace of God that it is never about us but about who God is. The struggle is to look what I have done and not what Christ has done. Not by my merit but because of God’s mercy.
The study walks you through the stumbling blocks of grace and how you apply the gospel. If you are in despair, it may be because you are not applying the gospel. Grace always leads us down the path of humility.
Maybe one the stumbling blocks of grace is How? We know what to do, we know who God is, but how do we get there. What keeps us away from utilizing Grace in our walk? I would have to say that the how is not a “How to” but more of what keeps us from grace. From our motivation to understanding of the gospel and how it is applied. Love that is displayed thru gratitude. Grace is more of a response and not a ideology of Christianity. It is a response of our relationship with the creator and savior. It is replacing passions, desires for something that is lasts for eternity.
It is always good to read a study on grace. This is one that re-adjust our stinkin thinking for hope and love. That we forget ourselves and remember the goodness of God.
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