Where Grace Abounds
“Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more...” Romans 5:20
In the life of a Christian, there is a struggle we universally share. Given the gift of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, we are made new and are now within right standing before God... but this flesh remains. And we remain in this body of death that causes us great mourning and pain, especially when we continue to sin against God. We echo the lament of Paul in Romans 7. We do what we don’t want to do, and what we want to do, we often fail to do it (Romans 7:15-18). We long to be saved from this body of death. We want to be fully freed from the flesh that rebels against our Savior.
What does Paul say right after his lament over his sinful flesh that remains? “Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 7:25). Sisters, the hardest fight is often against ourselves. We wage war against our sinful minds and thoughts and bring them captive to Christ. He is our true Master. Sin does not rule over us anymore, even when we give into it at times. Remember the falsehood of a sinless perfection by works. If you could win your own salvation, what need would there be for the Cross? What need would there be for Christ? Your salvation does not give you free range to sin, and your failures do not disqualify you from the race (Romans 6:1-2).
Your standing with God is not based on how well you walk this Christian life. It is based on the finished work and walk of Jesus Christ. If you are in Him, you are clothed in His righteousness. Don’t let the outer man deceive you about the inner man. Walk in holiness, not in an attempt to keep it on your own, but in the grace of God who has given you His, so that you may be holy as He is holy. Your sin runs deep, but the grace, love, and peace of God through Jesus Christ runs deeper. Fight on, finish well, and rejoice. He who is faithful will complete the good work He has begun in you, no matter how hard you stumble along the way (Philippians 1:6).
Abba Father, Lord of Heaven and Earth, the Spirit is willing, but the flesh is so weak. We hate this body of death that remains, and we long to be freed from it one day. Until You return in Your glory or take us home, lead us on toward our heavenly home with You, and help us in the fight against sin. You are greater than our condemning hearts, and Your peace is everlasting. Praise and glory and honor to You always. In Christ's name, Amen.
Has the battle against sin wore you down or has you questioning your walk with Christ? Examine yourself by His Word, and seek His face in prayer. Restoration and strength are always found in Him.