Grace Sufficient For You
So, I am going to be honest with you. I really didn’t feel like writing anything today. I have so much to get done, and I woke up in a not-so-good mood. Anyway, I went to my first class, and the very thing I was thinking of writing about, was talked about in class. isn’t God funny? It was clear to me that he wanted this to be shared. So without further explanation, let’s dive into it.
So, if you didn’t already know, I am on the whole30 diet. If you don’t know what it is, google “whole30” and it will give you the rundown of my life on the reg. Anyway, it is just a good diet, that helps me become conscious of what I put into my body. My diet was not the healthiest, so the whole30 has helped me put good foods into my body, that naturally allow you to lose weight. In no way am I saying that you should go on a diet, or tell you diets are necessary. I am just letting you know I am doing it for myself, because I want to take better care of my body. Anyways, here's where the shame kicks in.
Yesterday, my sister hosted a party at our house. So, naturally, there was party food, aka- food you can’t eat when on the whole30. The temptation was so real and yesterday, I decided to give into the temptation and eat food that I should not have been eating. In the moment, it satisfied, it was refreshing, life- giving (too far?) and just tasted so good. I won’t share what foods I partook in, but you get the picture. In the moment I was so satisfied, while cheating on my diet. I wasn’t thinking of the consequences that followed, but rather the satisfaction I felt in the moment. Then, today, the guilt set in. I felt ashamed and defeated. I had let temporary satisfaction become more important than my commitment to the diet. In that moment, I was no longer on the diet, and I was living outside the guidelines placed in front of me.
Let me explain what this means to us as Christians. How many times does sin look better than obeying Jesus? How many times do we decide to satisfy our sinful desires and indulge in something that isn’t good for us, and that separates us from Jesus. When we sin, we are choosing to be separated from God, just like when I ate the foods I wasn’t supposed to, I was choosing to be separated from the whole30. Maybe it sounds silly to compare the two, but I think it can bring in some perspective.
Sin separates us from God. However, there is one who came to bridge the gap between our sin and God, and his name is Jesus. In just a few days, we will celebrate Jesus’ death and resurrection, which is the foundation of our faith. I am so glad, that Jesus came to die for us so that we could have a relationship with him. I have good news for you, even though sometimes we choose sin over God, he never chose sin over US. He loved us so much that he sent his only Son to die in our place. God doesn’t love me any less because I decided to have pizza yesterday, and he doesn’t love us any less because of our sins. God’s grace is beyond anything I can comprehend and I am so thankful for a savior who loves so deeply.
So, if you are stuck in shame, condemnation, guilt; get out. God isn’t mad at you. He loves you. He wants you. He sent his Son to die for you. He bridged the gap between him and sin, and his name is Jesus. So if you are feeling the weight of your sin today, remember that God’s love isn’t based off of your performance. He doesn’t keep score, and he never will. He loves you right now. Allow his love to change your perspective of yourself. This Easter, celebrate the God who loves you so much, by celebrating the greatest give he ever gave called, Salvation. God’s grace is so real, and all you have to do is receive it. God’s love is greater than all of your sin. Just let that sink in. Through Jesus’ death and resurrection, we get to live in relationship with our creator, God. How beautiful.
So, if you are feeling down today because of your sin, remember the truth that God loves you, and he has already forgive you. Allow this love to change your heart and mind and live NEW. Jesus carried the weight of our sin on the cross, and said it is finished. Live like you are made new, live in the love God has for you today.
Ephesians 2:4-10 “4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (NIV)
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