Unto the Least of These

A place for all of my random musings. Added accountability for my choice to be gentle. An online reminder that how I treat those around me - especially the children - is how I treat the King of Kings.

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Sunday, November 05, 2006

Grace, Grace, God's Grace...

Grace that is greater than all my sin.

And the gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned. For the judgment which came from one offense resulted in condemnation, but the free gift which came from many offenses resulted in justification.
Rom 5:17
For if by the one man's offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.)
Rom 5:18
Therefore, as through one man's offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man's righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life.
Rom 5:19
For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man's obedience many will be made righteous.
Rom 5:20
Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more,
Rom 5:21
so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound....

*sigh* Why do we make it so hard?

Why, oh why, do we feel the need to be our own Savior?

It. is. a. work. of. Grace.

I can not save myself. I can not save my family. What I do, how I look, where I go or don't go - not even how gentle or attached I am to my son - it's as filthy rags.

I stand before God righteous by grace alone.

not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,
Tts 3:6
whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior,
Tts 3:7
that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
Tts 3:8
This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men.
Tts 3:9
But avoid foolish disputes, genealogies, contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and useless.

no matter how good or how profitable the work, it is not Salvation! Yes, we serve God. Yes, we do good works.

But Christ alone has saved us through Grace.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

I've been glancing back through my pitifully small archives...

re-reading a few of my posts.

Unfortunately, after almost a year of this blog, I could still say so many of the same things over and over again.

I've actually contemplated a large-ish forehead tattoo on more than on occasion. Just one word. "GRACE" . Grace. Grace.

That's what the church world needs to be reminded of. Unmerited favor. Favor we don't deserve, escape from punishment that should have been ours, everything up to and including life everlasting.

All paid for by He who was fully God yet fully Man.

But we can't see it. We're blinded by our own little slice of fundementalist 1900-ish Victorian traditions. (you know, the generation who introduced CIO, scheduled feeding, maternal abandonment, and everything else that's toting us to hell in a handbasket. Ever wonder WHY these last few generations have been so remarkably awful compared to the 'good old days? Could it be because we sacrificed our God-given instincts on the alters of the self annointed experts?)

We all think we need to be punished, deserve to be punished, can not be forgiven without punishment. We *need* our tri-weekly beratings from the pulpit to remain holy. We *need* to wallow in guilt. We *need* to repeat the same sins over and over and over again - after all, we're too weak to overcome them on our own.


Grace says Jesus took upon himself the document decreeing our guilt and NAILED IT TO HIS OWN CROSS! He erased it with His own blood.

Jesus came that we might have abundant life, not be stifled by our feelings of guilt and inadequacy. The very things we feel guilt over, He doesn't even see. He's covered us, and we spend weeks, months, years, lifetimes trying to frantically erase His blood to call attention back to our own guilt. "But SEE, God? See what I did? Where are the lighting bolts from Heaven!? You must hate me, Lord!"

And all the while, He stands there holding out Grace. Forgiveness. Peace. Love. Eternity.

Is it any wonder we struggle to apply Grace to our children? We have such a hard time to grasp it for ourselves...