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Through The Eyes of Grace
9/21/2017

For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” Romans 4:3 (NKJV)

When I think of people who have been acknowledged for having great faith, I would have to put Abraham on the top of the list. In fact, God’s Word tells us, only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham” (Gal. 3:7).  We can also we read Abraham’s name in the hall of faith listed in Hebrews chapter 11.

And yet even though Abraham was declared “Righteous” because of his faith (belief), we can clearly see he had his share of problems, much like we all do.  Abraham was far from perfect and he didn’t always exercise this faith.  In Genesis 12:11-20 we can see the story recorded where He and his wife were about to enter Egypt, and Abraham feared for his life.  Because his wife was so beautiful he felt sure the Egyptians would kill him and let her live. So Abraham convinced his wife to lie, telling them she was his sister. 

And then there was the time when God told Abraham he was going to have a son with his wife, who was well beyond the age of having children.  Abraham began to doubt God’s promise, and actually allowed his wife to convince him to have sexual relations with her handmaiden Hagar, who then gave birth to Ishmael. 

Q: So how is it God’s Word can say Abraham was a righteous man?

The same way God can say that we can be righteous—through the blood of Jesus.  It is interesting to note that every saint listed in the Old Testament had his or her sins laid out for the world to see.  And yet when they are spoken of in the New Testament, we see absolutely no sin recorded. Why?  Because of the blood of the Lamb of God, which is the blood of Jesus.  And this is true for you and I as Christians. God looks at us through the eyes of grace because the blood of Jesus cleansed us from all unrighteousness. 

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 (NKJV)

Q: How should this impact our lives?

First, it should give us great joy and hope.  Secondly, it should cause us to want to share this same type of love with others, as we have been called to imitate Jesus (Eph. 5:1).  This means we should look at others through the eyes of grace as well—in our marriage, with our children, with our coworkers, and with everyone who offends us. 

I want to encourage you today to think about the cost of God’s grace upon our lives.  Let us not cheapen God’s grace by accepting it, but then refuse to repent of our sinful ways.  Let us not cheapen God’s grace by receiving it freely for ourselves, but then refuse to give it freely.  Let us not cheapen God’s grace by proclaiming to be free from the bondage of sin, only to choose to enslave ourselves once again as we seek to fulfill the desires of our flesh.

STUDY QUESTION: What great news are we given in 1 John 1:9?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Have you accepted God’s grace freely in your life?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Be willing to give others the same unmerited favor (grace) God has given to you. 

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank You for Your amazing grace upon my life Lord.  Thank You for showing me how to live and empowering me to change the way I live.  Fill me with Your Holy Spirit today and help me to grace others when they are not worthy of grace.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

 

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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