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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Learning To Relax in God’s Grace

In review of Philippians 3:9 it says, “I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith.”

Bottom Line:
You can be made right with God, not by following the law, but rather by believing in Christ. God will use that faith to make you right with him.

What this means to me:
I no longer count on being right with God just by obeying the law, but rather I’m righteous through the faith I have in my belief in Christ. God’s way of making me right all depends on my faith in him. This means that there is nothing I can do to earn God’s approval, love or his recognition. God is love, and he loves me unconditionally. To be a happy, I need to relax in God’s grace every day. Philippians 3:3 says, “We Christians glory in what Christ Jesus has done for us and realize that we are helpless to save ourselves” (LB). One of the things that will rob me of happiness is legalism. Legalism is the attitude that I have to prove my love to God. Legalism is trusting in what I do for God instead of what Jesus did for me. It’s a thinking that I have to follow rules and regulations and restrictions in order to prove myself worthy. I’m being a legalist when I’m judgmental of others. I can live in grace when I’m gracious to others. When I live by grace I’ll find it easier to forgive. Legalism on the other hand will suck my life dry. Each day, I’ll need to remind myself of the grace of God, and just relax in it. “I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith” (Philippians 3:9 NLT).

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