How We Minimize God\'s Grace

“In whom we have redemption through His blood, the remission of sins, according to the riches of His grace” Ephesians 1:7

We all throw laundry in the washing machine with the hope it will take complete clean our dirty clothes. Yet, the whites still have dirt stains that stubbornly won’t come clean. There are all kinds of tricks to getting clothes clean – scrub with soap, try adding vinegar, use hot water, etc.. But are the clothes really that clean?

When it comes to our faith, don’t we do the same thing at times? We make our best attempts at scrubbing ourselves free from sin – particularly the public ones – not wanting any blemish seen by others. The trouble is, we know it’s still there.

Do we truly believe we are saved by grace? We minimize the grace of God when we think it’s our job to scrub ourselves clean, as if God is saying to us, “You got yourself into this mess, now get yourself out.” Yes, we will struggle with sin every day until Christ’s return, but never forget, there is far more grace in Jesus than there is sin in us! There is far more cleaning power in the blood of Christ than there is dirtiness of sin in us!

Thomas Aquinas said, "One drop of the blood of Christ has the power to win all the world forgiveness of its sin.”

But caution! Please doesn’t think we can gleefully indulge sinful habits and behaviors! Confession releases the stains of guilt and shame that can linger in our hearts because we walk in God’s grace.

In the same way, living as God intends, for His purpose, we’re going to get dirty too. Even along the path of obedience, we will face temptation and sin against others. We will not achieve perfection on this side of the garden.

Think about it, we get to sit before our Savior, holding our dirty laundry, asking for His grace to persevere through them all. But we must draw near to Him instead of running away. What a joy to cling to the promise that we truly are new creations in Christ and that the power of the blood continues to be more effective than Tide.

The truth found in Christ is profoundly inspiring, “You were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:11). May our prayer be as David’s, “Keep steady my steps according to Your promise, and let no iniquity get dominion over me” (Psalm 119:133).

Never forget that the blood of Jesus washes away our past and it takes away the wrinkles of our future!

God bless you,

Pastor Dave

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