Why do we try to do what’s right?
Is it because that’s the way we were brought up?
Is it because we want to be a good Christian?
Or is it out of an overflow of love to the One who bore our punishment?
When we are called by grace, when our sins are forgiven, we are not freed from keeping what God commands us in His word, such as…
‘Let your light so shine before men’
‘Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you’.
‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.’
BUT, we ARE freed from the bondage of it.
If our sins have been forgiven then all our law keeping should be done out a heart overflowing with love for our Saviour and not because we think we should do this or that or to earn the favour of God or man.
We are ‘justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:’
Justification is free, not earned.
Justification is by free and sovereign grace not by keeping of the law.
Justification is through Christ not through our own efforts.
BUT this free, amazing grace, when we are in a right spirit, will work in us a desire to please God which will make us want to keep His command BUT no longer out of duty but out of love.
As time goes on in our walk with God we will be shown more of ourselves and this is hard friends but it’s also GOOD!
‘the law entered, that the offence might abound. BUT where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:’
The more we are shown of ourselves, if it leads us to true repentance, we will go on, relying less on our own strength and wisdom and more upon our Beloved and in that we will learn more of the greatness of God’s amazing grace and love to poor unworthy sinners.
So Friends, let’s be looking to God to open our eyes to our needs and to pour out His amazing grace upon us, that our hearts might overflow with love to Him and that we might long to live for the glory of our great God by His grace alone.
Rom 3:24, Matt 5:16,44, Luke 10:27, Rom 5:20.