Have you been hurt really bad?
Divorce? Unfair lawsuit? Unfair job loss? By a close friend or family member? So what are you going to do? Get even? Have a life-long pity-party? Replay the events of the hurt in your mind over and over again?
In the Book of Galatians the Apostle Paul sets forth over and over again the case for “grace ” instead of ” law” as not only the way of salvation but also for the way of the Christian’s daily life.
After presenting with solid truth that no man can earn salvation through his own righteousness or good works, Paul then in Galatians 5: 13 makes it clear that this truth does not teach that Christians have a license to sin. vs. 13 ” For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh…..” Paul goes on to say….” but through love serve one another”.
Does this sound like an odd comparison? Paul is saying is essence “don’t do this…..but do this “. Paul is reminding us that the opposite of legalism is grace. Paul is not telling believers after they are saved just to be passive. He is reminding all of us as believers since we have received this wonderful gift of grace….we now have the privilege and responsibility to give grace to others.
Here are some practical points to remember:
1. A huge dose of Grace in our lives makes us more forgiving and loving with others.
2. Legalism says, “Judge them…and hurt them”. Grace says, “Love them…and seek change in their lives”.
3. The law never has the power to change a heart….. grace does.
4. We need to seek “change” but not “condone or excuse sin”.
May the Grace of God direct our steps today !