Grace

Is your heart imprisoned by sin? God’s grace can set you free.

What role does grace play in your life? How significant does your sin have to be in order for you to feel the need to repent?

Sin made its way into the human race through Adam and Eve. But before the foundations of the earth God knew that man would turn away from Him in sin, and God had a plan. The Lord gave us Jesus to die for our sins. One’s relationship with the Lord only comes about through accepting Jesus’ payment for sin.  That is grace. Our sins are forgiven in Jesus, no matter what our sin is. Jesus took all of them to the cross. That is huge!

Yet I came to realize that I need to take my day sin much more seriously as I read The Broken Way. Grace isn’t a free ticket to sin. When I sin, I need to take time to talk with the Lord about what I have done, admit my sinfulness and ask for forgiveness. Grace wasn’t cheap, it cost Jesus His life.

It comes down to this,when I sin, do I even consider that cost? I need to keep that cross at the forefront of my mind to help me remember the cost of my sin to Jesus and the incredible value of the grace He gives me.

If I am not living life with a heart of repentance, I probably have no part of grace in my days. What does that say about my relationship with the Lord? What does it say about my love for Him? Do I even recognize the cost?

The Broken Way has made me take this to heart. We often take sin lightly, a white lie here, an angry word, or lustful look. These may seem small compared to sins like murder, adultery, or perjury, but they were all a part of the reason why Jesus died on the cross. They all are the basis of our need for grace.

So, what does it mean day-to-day? For me it means being more aware of how I live, act, and speak. It means being aware of my sin as I commit them. I need to talk to the Lord and receive His grace into my heart and life moment-by-moment.

Sin separates us from God, it causes a distance in our relationship with the Lord. The Lord desires our relationship, it is why He sent Jesus. His grace is always available, He looks for us to come to Him with humble hearts of sorrow about our sins.

When we come to the throne of grace, we come to find deeper intimacy and depth of relationship with the Lord. It means that my heart grows more tender to the things that hurt my Heavenly Father. It means a deeper understanding of what grace really is, leading me to knowing abundant hope in Him who died for me.

Do you need grace in your life today? At this moment? It is so easy to overlook our sins, and as we do our hearts become hardened and insensitive to the Holy Spirit’s convicting us. Realizing the truth of the correlation between my recognition of my sinfulness, my bringing that sin before the Lord and the reality of His grace being poured into my life and my heart, has created a new yearning for a deeper relationship with Him. I guess it made me recognize all the more how desperately I need my Lord and Savior.

So, how about you? What are you doing with the sin in your life? Is your heart hardened to the reality of it? Or is your heart opened to the grace the Lord wants to pour over your sin? We have access to the throne of grace through Jesus, His blood paid the way. Does that truth have any effect on your life? These are all questions I had to ask myself. It is so easy to take it for granted. Is the cross just being a shiny piece of jewelry around your neck? It is so much more. How do you keep this truth flashing in your mind as a reminder of Who you are living for, and of Who you belong to?

Grace greater than all our sin, Thank you, Jesus.

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6 thoughts on “Grace

    1. Hi Meagan, I am so glad that you stopped by. It is easy to overlook our need to repent. I enjoyed listening to The Broken Way on Audible. The woman who read the book did an excellent job. I read the book also but I feel I took the most away from listening to the book. It had a great impact on my heart. May your soul be refreshed in knowing the gracious heart of our forgiving Heavenly Father.

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  1. Hi Cheryl, I also read The Broken Way and was moved by its content. The book gave me new perspective on how my hurts can become a ministry, and how embracing brokenness will help me heal. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Sarah. It is a great book. I love her transparency. We can learn so much from each other as we grow in Christ-likeness. May your soul be refreshed as your heart is encouraged in knowing the hope we have in our Healer and the lover of our souls.

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  2. Daily scripture reading is such a help for reminder of sin…even the small ones. I recognize more now that I’ve read daily since 2014. Before that, I had not read and was too easy to just let those sins slide. Sometimes, life has conditioned to think that sin has to be a biggie. Your post is a great reminder. God’s grace is so awesome, but we have a responsibility also. It is freely given, but we as humans should also respect the large sacrifice God did for us through his only Son. Sometimes I have to remind myself when I give up something that I perceive as sinful, what a small sacrifice I am making compared to the Cross.

    Thanks for visiting and sharing.

    Peabea@Peabea Scribbles

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