Embrace Grace Even When it Costs You, After all It Cost Jesus Too

Amazing Grace CrossThere are some that will say when a church embraces grace that they lose all standards. This simply is not true. We will and do have standards, they are found in the pages of the Bible. If they aren’t in the book or clearly supported by the book then they shouldn’t be standards, at least not standards to conclude righteousness (there are standards for the sake of order and excellence which are by no means standards of righteousness). There are those that will say that a church like ours that embraces grace is a church that cares little for holiness. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Those that say such things appear ignorant of true grace. Grace is the only thing that will lead to inner righteousness and heart change. It is grace that taught my heart to fear and grace my fears relieved, how precious did that grace appear, the hour I first believed!

Grace shows me that I have a choice. I now know that when I sin, I have made a deliberate choice to do wrong and I am brought low and cry out for mercy and faith. It is changing my heart, bit by bit. It is showing me where my flesh has lied to me; told me I had no choice. It is showing me where the world has lied to me and where the deceiver has deceived me. It is freeing me from sin in experience, because it has already freed me in position. Grace doesn’t lead to sin, it frees from sin; it frees most of all from the sin of self-righteousness. To God be the glory. It is by the grace of God that I am what I am and that I am not what I am not. The truth is that grace is what glorifies Jesus most. It is what makes pleasing Him a priority. It is the real attraction of Jesus. His grace to free from law and from sin.

So, while I’m no Paul or Jesus, I gladly join them in being criticized and maligned and misrepresented. I gladly join in the fight to free sinners from sin and saints from self-righteousness. I gladly make much of Jesus and gladly look forward to His coming.