Unmerited favor. Getting what we don’t deserve.
How sweet the sound.
Can you hear the sweet sound as you meditate on the amazing grace God has extended to us?
That saved a wretch like me.
Sinners condemned to die and yet saved by the blood of the lamb. However, grace does not stop at our conversion. God loves us too much to leave us in our earthly, fleshly state. As a parent desires for their child to grow up to the be the best they can be, so our heavenly Father desires for us to grow up into the likeness of Christ. Thus sanctifying grace works every day in our lives.
Paul experienced this as he battled against doing things that he shouldn’t do and not doing the things he should do (Romans 7:15-16). As he moved through this battle of putting the flesh to death, he found the freedom that comes through the sanctification process.
We too have a choice to be controlled by the flesh or by the Spirit. This choice comes through Christ’s death which not only brings us eternal deliverance but our daily deliverance needed for our sanctification here on earth. Erwin Lutzer in his book How to Say No to a Stubborn Habit: Even When You Feel Like Saying Yes, states:
“Christ’s death accomplished many objectives. The cross is the basis for your forgiveness. It is also the basis for your spiritual freedom—deliverance from your stubborn habits. (Lutzer, 64)
Those stubborn habits that do not mirror the image of Christ! The apostle Paul also saw the freedom that comes through the daily death of our flesh. He encouraged us not to fear the process of sanctification. Even though it temporarily hurts and usually does not happen apart from some form of suffering, our sanctification should be viewed as a loving Father with the best intentions for His child. For we are His children!
So then, brothers, we are not obligated to the flesh to live according to the flesh, for if you live according to the flesh, you are going to die. But if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. All those led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father!” The Spirit Himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God’s children, and if children, also heirs—heirs of God and coheirs with Christ—seeing that we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him. Romans 8:12-17
“Grace. Grace. God’s Grace. Grace that will pardon and cleanse within. Grace, grace, God’s grace. Grace that is greater than all our sin.”
Oh Lord, today may we walk in joyfulness at the amazing grace you have bestowed on us for salvation as well as our sanctification. May we cry out Abba, Father and embrace the work you desire to do in our lives to make us more into Your image.
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