Living a Life of Grace

image by Jesus is Lord

image by Jesus is Lord

“For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God.  I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.  The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.  I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!” – Galatians 2:19-21

“What actually took place is this: I tried keeping rules and working my head off to please God, and it didn’t work.  So I quit being a “law man” so that I could be God’s man.  Christ’s life showed me how, and enabled me to do it.  I identified myself completely with Him.  Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ.  My ego is no longer central.  It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God.  Christ lives in me.  The life you see me living is not “mine”, but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.  I am not going back on that .

Is it not clear to you that to go back to that old rule-keeping, peer-pleasing religion would be an abandonment of everything personal and free in my relationship with God?  I refuse to do that, to repudiate God’s grace.  If a living relationship with God could come by rule-keeping, the Christ died unnecessarily.” – The Message

Rituals and rules,

bring not my heart to Thee.

They point instead to man,

displaying piety.

For law without the Lord,

is just a foolish way,

to try and claim the throne,

where He was meant to stay.

We desperately need,

the grace of our great King;

His forgiveness and love –

accept His offering.

In Him we have new life,

and He will dwell in thee.

By faith and not by sight,

submitted humbly.

For if we don’t receive,

and allow Him to reign;

the cross was all for naught,

the death He died in vain.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You so much for sending Your Son.  Thank You for Your unending grace, and Your great love that has replaced the required rituals with Your remarkable redemption, granting each of us the opportunity to enter into a personal relationship with You, the Creator of all!  Thank You that as we receive what You have to offer, our old nature dies, and Your Spirit comes to dwell within us.  Forgive us for trying to “do” or “be” enough, and help each of us to embrace the grace that You freely give, and grow us in the understanding that in You, we are enough.  May we be continually refined so that we reflect more clearly, who You are to a world that needs to know You.  May many come to know You as we obediently walk where You ask.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

6 Comments

    • amen, I have a dear friend who just left off church, not Christ because he discovered that he couldn’t reconcile scripture to tradition and rules… Pray for a man of principle.

  1. I love this. I’m actually teaching Bible study and our focus has been Galatians! Thankful for His grace, not the law, that saved me!

  2. This blessed me immensely today! Thanks so much for sharing, Shannon! :0)

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