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Growing in Grace

2 Peter 3:18

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

profileI had a conversation the other day with some folks from my local church.  It was at a Bible Study.  We were trying to define sin.  We started with Romans 3:23 – for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and tried to come up with a definition for sin.  Since we have all sinned – we thought we could define it.

Our best effort was to say that sin was anything outside of the will of God.  Sin was doing – saying – or thinking of something outside of God’s will or plan for our life.  So with that definition we began to talk about sin and how we deal with sin.

In the midst of the discussion I asked a few questions for us to ponder.  I asked if grace was getting in the way of our striving to be without sin?  You know – the old its all covered so we might as well live it up syndrome.  Paul of course refutes this attitude (oh my – there’s Sunday’s sermon title) when he writes in Romans 5:20-6:4 – 5:20 Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, 21 so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. 6:1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

After a few minutes of discussion I asked the question – while asking for no verbal answers of course – are we wrestling with our sin?  I mean – does our sin cause us to grieve and repent?  Do we shed tears – have anguish – feel terrible when we sin – or have we grown accustomed to our sin?  This is an important question.  If we’ve grown accustomed to our sin or we’re banking on grace to cover it all – our attitude may be off and we might be in danger of not being saved.  I know that is a serious thing to type but if we are saved – sin will not sit well with us.  We know that sin is covered by Christ’s death on the cross but we’re trying to sin less and less as we move toward being sanctified.  More on that later.

Think about this today – do we wrestle with our sin?  Is sin something that causes us anguish?  Do we strive to turn from sin and walk with Jesus more each day?  Today’s passage calls us to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Are we growing in grace or banking on grace?

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.


January 9, 2014 - Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor | , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Reblogged this on Alimayu Ministries and commented: We should never be comfortable with sin. That mindset is a trick and a lie to keep us separated from God. This is a great blog with questions for us to consider. Be Encouraged 🙂


    Comment by DAWN | January 10, 2014 | Reply

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