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Guilt vs Grace

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Thanks so much for your patience dear followers and readers! My blog schedule is a little messed up because I have been struggling with my health these past few weeks. Thank you for your support and prayers! 

Grace. It’s amazing isn’t it? At least that’s what we always sing in church or at a funeral. However, there are so many Christians who are strangers to the freeing beauty of God’s never ending grace.

Sometimes it seems that the devil will stop at nothing to keep us from the flood of grace that comes from knowing Jesus. I know that I’ve written about my perfectionist nature quite a few times and how it gets me into trouble. Lately I’ve been on a streak of self-condemnation that’s leaving me anxious and a little depressed.

Obviously things are already hard enough as I try to find ways to cope with my IBS and low blood pressure, but adding feelings of inadequacy on top of that only makes things a hundred times worse.

The thing is I am not perfect, and I won’t ever be until I make it to heaven or when Jesus comes back. The only thing perfect about me is Jesus–whose blood has washed me clean of all my sin. Nothing I do can separate me from Him. As long as I believe that He died for my sins, I am saved. And this doesn’t just go for me, but for everyone in the world!

 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved (Romans 10:9 NKJV).

There is nothing we can do to earn salvation. There is nothing we have to do to keep our salvation either (aside from faith). I guess sometimes I run around afraid that if I screw up (which I will), then God will turn His back on me and revoke my salvation. This sounds silly even as I write it, but I know I’m not alone. There’s a lot of guilty Christians out there.

I was watching a sermon from Joseph Prince recently, and what he said really ministered to me. This is a preacher who really pours the grace of God out in his sermons. He talked about how when we think our sins can take away our salvation, then we really think that the curse of Adam is stronger than the sacrifice of Jesus!

If there’s one thing I know, it’s that nothing is more powerful than God. The death and resurrection of Jesus can’t be undone. This is the Gospel. 

But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God (Hebrews 10:12 NKJV).

Now of course this isn’t some excuse to just go about sinning like it’s no problem. On the contrary, once you experience the love and grace of Jesus Christ you don’t want to sin. You want to give up your old ways to become more like Jesus.

Now that we have learned about God’s grace, let us bask in it! Turn from your sinful ways, and let God surround you with the grace that truly is amazing.



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