After all these years of living, more and more concepts are being planted deeper in my spirit. Withdrawing into quiet time and introspection with the Lord, my mind puzzles out some of the enigmatic truths in God’s Word. Today I am sinking into God’s mercy and grace and how my life is touched by it.
Because of Adam’s treason, we are all born with a sin nature, but by God’s grace we can change becoming people with God’s DNA instead of the devil’s. The punishment due for our sin life was taken on for us by Jesus. You see “By God’s grace Jesus Christ satisfied His justice by taking our punishment on the cross.” It was a tremendous gift of love! Jesus paid the price of our sin debt, and we were mercifully freed from our previous bondage to sin. Allow the depth of this truth to submerge and fill your spirit.
2 Peter 1:3-4 (AMP)
For His divine power has bestowed on us
[absolutely] everything necessary for [a dynamic spiritual] life and godliness,
through true and personal knowledge of Him
who called us by His own glory and excellence.
4 For by these He has bestowed on us His precious and magnificent promises
[of inexpressible value], so that by them you may escape
from the immoral freedom that is in the world
because of disreputable desire,
and become sharers of the divine nature.
I use to think I was pretty “good”, but then discovered in truly examining my own heart in depth, there lurked resentment and angry thoughts toward some in authority, rebellious and uncharitable thoughts toward others, desire to do a thing by my way not God’s way, secret sins, justification of sin in myself or others. (Bit off track, but I've noticed hidden thoughts and unkind words often will pop out when driving.)
We all have the ugliness of sin hiding in our hearts that clearly expresses our own depravity~ apart from Christ. Yes, it’s right here, under the heaviness of our sin, that God’s mercy greets us and infiltrates our daily lives.
Feeling the depth of our own offenses, we cry out to God in repentance, and in His mercy, He joyfully forgives us. This attribute of God is one we should be personally emulating~ treating others with compassion, lovingkindness, and forgiveness; thus we are able to show mercy as our Father gives to us, His children.
Because of God’s grace, our very nature can be transformed. We just need to say “Yes, thank you” to Jesus for taking our punishment and ask Him to be Lord of our life~ then we are reshaped and able to grow as God’s kids, constructing our own personal highway to Him. (See the book Cast Up A Highway). This brings about a profound change in the positive attributes of our lives.
2 Peter 1:10 (AMP)
Therefore, believers, be all the more diligent
to make certain about His calling and choosing you
[be sure that your behavior reflects and confirms your relationship with God];
for by doing these things [actively developing these virtues],
you will never stumble [in your spiritual growth and
will live a life that leads others away from sin];