Monday, October 25, 2010

Sin or Grace? (Part 1)

Are you more aware of sin or grace? This is a daily struggle in my own soul. The Holy Spirit is definitely doing a daily work in my heart and soul. Every day there is a greater desire in my soul and heart for holiness yet sin is still actively present in my life. The temptations and battles rage on throughout the day. Battles won, battles lost. This seems to be my daily life. But I've noticed throughout the weeks and months in my Christian life that the battles won seem to be more than the battles lost. When I was an unregenerate Pharisee I rarely saw a battle won and when I did it was just an external victory. But now I see victory over temptations that have not manifested themselves outwardly. This is a clear reminder that a battle is waging war within my soul. Satan wants control but God has given his Spirit and Word to fight this evil. As I have grown and Lord willing will continue to grow I want to see more grace in my life. I don't want to avoid sin but I do want to be more aware of God's grace provided in Christ at Calvary. C.J. Mahaney talks about Paul being our example:

"Paul never lost sight of Calvary. The man celebrated grace even more intensely than he grieved over sin. Even when writing to the Corinthian church—a church with more deficiencies than you will likely ever encounter in ministry—Paul reminded them that the grace of God was present and active among them as a result of the gospel. Paul wasn’t unaware of their sins. He was just more aware of the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ."

In Romans 5, Paul writes, "Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (20-21)

So should we sin so grace may abound? Check back in on Wednesday.

Grace upon grace,
JRL

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