DayBreaks for 05/20/13 – Where It Shines the Brightest
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Romans 6:15 – “What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means!”
On the surface, the very suggestion that we should sin so that God’s grace would be magnified is ludicrous. I don’t know anyone who has ever seriously suggested such a thing. I have to wonder if the writer to Romans was being facetious. I find the suggestion shocking that a Christian could think such a thing.
Yet, once I get past the shock of the idea, I find that my actions are not as consistent with my indignation about the suggestion of sinning so that grace is magnified. Every time that I knowingly sin and have an inkling of a notion that “Well, if I blow it, I can go back to God and ask Him to forgive me again” I betray the fact that part of me has bought into this offensive logic.
We all need to remember the terrible price that was paid so that we could be under grace instead of law, under the law of love instead of the law written on stone. It is when we forget (or when we consciously ignore) the suffering of the Lamb of God that we give in to our sinful desires. May God always keep the cross of Christ set before our eyes!
I like what Brennan Manning had to say in The Ragamuffin Gospel: “Here was the purest picture I’d ever seen of God’s relentless pursuit of His raggedy creation. Not that I could sin more so grace might abound (Rom. 6:15), but grace abounded more because I could find it in the darkness as much as in the light.”
Perhaps that is as good of a description of grace as I’ve ever heard…it is something that isn’t found only when we are walking in the light, but it is appreciated much more when we find and experience it in the darkness of our sinfulness.
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