Legalism calls us to obey in order to be saved, but grace through Jesus offers salvation so we are able to obey...
There are as many ways of navigating our way to freedom as there are beautifully precious and unique human beings, but there is only one path, and His name is Jesus Christ.
Psalm 119:37 is a prayer that God will turn the Psalmist's eyes from worthless things. The second part of his prayer touches my heart when I'm in the throes of disobedience-fueled fear over possible consequences of my inability to control my eating habits: ."..preserve my life according to your word."
Just because our troubles are our own fault doesn't mean we shouldn't pray that the Lord will preserve us according to His promises rather than letting us suffer deserved consequences. This, after all, is what grace is all about: unmerited favor.
We are not to continue in sin so that grace may abound. By no means! (Romans 6:1). But when our sinful flesh has caused us to stumble once again we can say, with St. Paul, "Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord!" (Romans 7:24-25, NLT).
|At the close of a day that has found us dominated by our own sin once more,|
our forgiveness, peace, and hope for tomorrow are in Jesus Christ, our Lord!