April 16, 2021
I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose. Galatians 2:21 ESV
One of the reasons why an addict understands and embraces grace more readily than others is because he or she knows what it’s like to be mastered by sin. For those who have lived a morally upright life, for the most part, it is harder to receive God’s grace through Christ. (The Prodigal Son parable illustrates both perspectives.)
We need to see our sinful nature for what it is—without wallowing in self-pity. We also need to see the righteous nature of Christ for what it is: “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21). Only then can we live out our day by the grace of God resting in the assurance that we are forgiven and reconciled.
Father God, please help us to live a life of grace toward ourselves and others. Amen.
Rev. Gordon Green, M.Div., M.A. Counseling