I can live with certain degrees of ambiguity around my life. I don’t need the answers to everything that doesn’t concern me. But, sometimes a sit down with people, eye to eye, face to face (no masks, lol), and direct conversation brings great clarity. With that clarity can come a sense of understanding and either mutual appreciation or a parting of ways (if warranted). When it comes to the gospel of Jesus Christ, clarity will serve everyone well. There is a trend today to preach a gospel without addressing sin. There are perversions of the gospel that will enslave people, not make them free. The apostle Paul warned the Galatian churches about legalism in particular, but also licentiousness and cheap grace. He wants to lead us to the truth that ‘it is for freedom that Christ has set us free’ (Galatians 5:1). How free are you? Remember, legalism or licentiousness will lead to bondage. Thank God I am on the grace plan! Pastor Rick Warren recently posted about how we can RELAX in God’s grace. R—Realize nobody’s perfect. E—Enjoy God’s unconditional love. L—Let God handle things. A—Act in faith, not fear. X—Exchange your perfectionism for God’s peace. Now isn’t that great!
I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. Galatians 1:6-8 NKJV
How clearly do I live out the true gospel? Am I accurate as I share it with others?
God, as this day begins- I am grateful for the freedom I have in Christ. I confess that I might use my freedom as a cloak for vice at times. Thank you that You dwell in my heart, bring correction, forgiveness, and freedom. Oh, Your grace is sufficient for me. What a plan!