So..on Sundays I often have to get going before I write. Then I forget when I get back home. So here is yesterday’s…
Romans 6; 1 Samuel 15; Psalm 60
The old joke is that when someone is questioned about why they are beating their head against a brick wall their response is, “Because it feels so good when I stop.” Most of us don’t live that way, or at least we would deny that type of attitude. Yet, when we experience God’s grace it brings such a great peace that we seek ways to experience it. Paul noted that possibility when he recognized the truth that where sin increased, God’s grace seemed to expand to cover over any sin. Then comes the obvious question. “What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?” (Romans 6:1-2) It would seem like a good idea to keep on sinning, and to engage in more drastic sin to get more and more of God’s grace, if God’s grace keeps expanding to cover our sin. In truth, though, God gives grace not only to cover our sin; He gives grace to give us the power to stop sinning. The grace and power to live according to God’s plan is so much greater than the experience we get when we are forgiven. It isn’t as spectacular, though, so we sometimes don’t realize we are experiencing His grace in those times. Like the person who beats their head against the wall, it feels so good to be forgiven that we keep on sinning to feel forgiveness instead of living like God wants so that we can experience the quiet joy of a life where we aren’t beating our heads against a wall. My wish for you, and for me, is that we might experience God’s grace in everyday living and know the joy of His presence through righteous living.
Lord God, let me experience Your grace today. When I fail, give me Your forgiving grace. But even more, Lord, I pray that You would give me the strength not to fail and I might experience Your grace to do what I ought to do each and every moment.