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Monday, April 13, 2015

God Looks at Me Through Eyes of Grace

In review of Galatians 2:21 it says, “Don’t treat the grace of God as meaningless. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die.”

Bottom Line:
Don’t treat the grace of God as being meaningless. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then Christ would have died for nothing.

What this means to me:
I should never take lightly the grace of God as to not having much meaning. If all I needed to do was just keep the law to be good with God, then Christ would have died for nothing.

John reminds us in John 1:17, “The law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” (NCV). Why through Jesus? Why not some other way?

What the Word teaches us is that Jesus Christ is the only way to get into Heaven because he paid the price of admission. Thus on the cross, he paid for my sins.

Grace is free, no doubt about that. But it was not cheap for God. It cost Jesus Christ his life.

The law tells me when I do wrong. But Grace says, “I’m forgiven and here’s how to get back on track. Let’s get going in the right direction.”

In the Bible, a popular description for someone who’s accepted God’s grace is the term “in Christ.” Rick Warren explains that this phrase is used more than 120 times in the New Testament. It refers to somebody who has found salvation through the grace of God.

No matter how my life looks or the things that I’ve done or the fact that I’m no where close to being perfect. When I accept God’s free gift of grace and salvation, I am in Christ. Jesus Christ takes my life with all its scars, guilt, and shame.

Also, when I’m in Christ, God looks at me with eyes of grace, he only sees the perfection of Jesus Christ.

So today I am reminded, “Don’t treat the grace of God as meaningless. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die” (Galatians 2:21 NLT).

If I could have made it to Heaven without any help from God, Jesus wouldn’t have come and died on the cross for me. But there was no other way. I’m either going to get into Heaven in Christ or I won’t be going.

Grace is God’s riches at Christ’s expense. It’s a free gift. I just need to accept it in faith!

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