“Looking at it one way, you could say, ‘Anything goes. Because of God’s immense generosity and grace, we don’t have to dissect and scrutinize every action to see if it will pass muster.’ But the point is not to just get by. We want to live well, but our foremost efforts should be to help others live well.” – I Corinthians 10:23-24 (The Message)
Since we are no longer under the laws requiring regulations and rituals, and have the freedom to approach the Father’s throne because of the saving sacrifice of His Son, we ought not scrutinize our every action, rather we should whole-heartedly pursue His path for our lives so that we may be people who love well.
We are not to take advantage nor abuse the grace that has been so freely given, but we are to embrace it, turn away from our sin and shame, and move forward in seeking to serve Him.
If we focus our hearts and minds on loving God and loving people, our actions – our words and deeds, ought to align with His will, and not need to be overanalyzed or scrutinized to see of they measure up. When I am submitted to His will and stumble, He picks me up, dusts me off, and encourages me to keep moving forward. He does not expect perfection, rather He asks for my willing submission. Our charge as His children is for each of us to set aside our ideals as to what we imagine that we should and should not be, and allow Him to show us the masterpiece He intends for us to become. In doing so, we are given eyes to see His perfect plan and learn to live and love well, just as He intended.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your generous grace that forgives our shortcomings and leads us to live and love like You. May we each embrace who You intend for us to become, so that we will walk in Your will for our lives, and love well. Be glorified in our becoming. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present