Fresh Hope – 8th March 2019

Grace. Grace is the unmerited favour of God. It is not only being freed from a conviction, it is blessing IN ADDITION to your freedom! 

 Law. Law is the standard by which you must live up to, in order to have right standing with God.  

 We are saved by grace. Jesus met the standard of the law on our behalf, so we no longer have to.  

 The message of grace isn’t just for people seeking salvation, many Christians need to be reminded of the price that was paid for them to be freed from the law (the need to EARN anything from God). You can be saved by grace, but still live with a law mentality. You can be a Christian, but still believe that you need to work for righteousness.  

 Grace is offensive. It offends our minds. It offends us because we grow up trained that when you do something good, there are due rewards. You are taught that when you do something wrong, you get punished. The thing with the kingdom of God is that it is an upside down kingdom. Grace is unfair. It frees a sinner. It contradicts our training of “if you work hard enough, prove yourself enough, do enough good things, then God will love you more” mentality.  

 In a world that celebrates busyness, stress, the hustle, and grid, grace demands that we rest. When Jesus said on the cross ‘It is finished’, he was saying that our need to earn favour and right standing with God through works was finished! The hustle was over! ‘We can ENJOY lasting peace’ (Romans 5:1), because ‘he has given us perfect relationship (Romans 5:2). We will never experience the wrath of God’ (Romans 5:9).  

 Does rest mean laziness? NO! The opposite! Grace actually empowers us, from the inside out! And yes, there are still godly principles by which we guide our lives, even when we don’t feel like it (e.g. giving!), but it is important that we understand that we don’t do those things to have right standing with God, we do those things BECAUSE WE HAVE right standing with God. We are now his son/daughter, freed by grace, and ‘empowered to walk in the freshness of new life’ (Romans 6:4).  

 Be careful not to live life trying to earn what you already have. Jesus has paid for it all. Jesus’ death purchased something for us – freedom from the law. Freedom from having to earn! Stop exhausting yourself making repayments on a debt Jesus has already cleared!  

Emma Burchell

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