Tuesday, May 22

By His grace

Scripture: 1 Kings 8, 2 Chronicles 5, Psalm 99, Romans 3

Romans 3:23-24 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. 24 They are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.

Observation

In Romans 3, Paul presses his point that all humans are sinful and under the just judgment of God, that none of us is good enough on our own efforts.  “No one will be justified in His sight by the works of the law.” (v. 20)

Then the good news: there is a righteousness apart from the law, a righteousness not based on our goodness, but God’s.  This righteousness is a gift given by God’s grace to those who trust Him rather than themselves.  We are “justified freely by His grace”—that is, we are made righteous in His sight by His grace, not our good works.

Application

I love God’s grace!  When we turn to Him in humility and faith, we are met with grace every time.  He doesn’t scold us, condemn us, shame us—He forgives us, empowers us, loves us!  Grace isn’t a whitewash of our sin or ignoring our sin—grace acknowledges our failure, forgives us and loves us anyway, and helps us change.  Grace welcomes.  Grace empowers.  Grace frees. 

Grace is what binds my heart to God’s.  It’s what keeps me close.  Guilt and shame make me hide; grace draws me near.  Grace is what makes it safe to approach God when I’ve failed; I know that He’ll receive me not because I’m good but because He is!  

I want to live in God’s grace and also extend it to others.  When others fail, I want to meet them with grace, not judgment.  When others are treating you badly, it’s tempting to respond in kind; I want to respond with grace, not judgment.  I want to be a person of grace, and I want our church to be a community of grace.  

Prayer: Lord, thank You for always moving towards me with grace.  Help me be like You and offer others the same grace You have offered me.