Daily Archives: May 7, 2019

May 7 – Embracing Grace

This month we are seeking a deeper understanding of grace — the undeserved favor given to us by God. We are following a study by Kristy at the Organic Christian Living blog. Click HERE to go to her website for this study and dig a little deeper, with a playlist and devotions for each week of the study. You can join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!

Embracing Grace that Comes from God —

Romans 5:6-21

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11 Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

Death Through Adam, Life Through Christ

12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned—
13 To be sure, sin was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not charged against anyone’s account where there is no law. 14 Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who is a pattern of the one to come.
15 But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! 16 Nor can the gift of God be compared with the result of one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. 17 For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!
18 Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. 19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
20 The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, 21 so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

SOAP Note

Grace Is Greater | Shiree King

Scripture

Romans 5:20b

Observation

From the Enduring Word commentary: “The legalist’s fear is that the reign of grace will provide wicked hearts with a license to sin, but scripture doesn’t share that fear.  Grace does not accommodate sin; it faces it squarely and goes above sin in order to conquer it. Grace does not wink at unrighteousness; it confronts sin with the atonement at the cross and the victory won at the open tomb.”

Application

The darkness in my heart – the pull in our culture and in our human nature to self – my sin – is great.  But, God’s grace is greater and more abundant than my sin.  I have this nagging area of sin that I am struggling with.  I feel like I will never overcome it and feel so discouraged at how I can tolerate the sin, yet desire to serve my Lord.  The ideas of “submit and surrender” have come up a lot lately, along with the idea that only God’s grace can change the wickedness in my heart. The encouragement I find is that God’s grace is GREATER than my sin.

Prayer

Dear God, Thank You for Your abundant grace that overflows.  Please forgive my sin. I need Your help to despise my sin and turn away from it.  Thank You that Your grace is greater than my sin.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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