Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Joy Robbers

What was it that stole the joy from the Galatians?  They were being persuaded to fall back to a rules based faith.  Fewer things can suck the life out of a believer than having to follow rules and regulations to earn their approval.  I did this until I was taught the truth at a church who taught about grace.  It changed the way I lived, thought, worshiped, even the way I played sports.  We all know people who are the rules keepers and judges in our lives and I'd say not many of them are much fun to be around. 

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Living in God's grace

Galatians 3
I can get very judgmental and point my finger at the many religions that set up a whole list of rules to attain salvation and ignore grace, the essence of the Christian faith. But Paul points his finger at me when he gives me notice that I am failing to live by grace and have fallen back into trying to gain God's approval by works. "After starting your Christian lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort?"
This maybe the most difficult aspect of the Christian faith to live out. I can accept that I'm saved by God's grace but it is much more difficult to understand that same grace will continue to shape me into the likeness of Christ. I don't need to fear, or feel guilty, or be anxious for anything if I'm resting in Christ's love and grace. Why is this so hard to live out?

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