Grace Increased All the More
“The law was added so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 5:20-21, NIV)
Paul shows us that the law came to identify, add to or expand the list of sin; thereby making sin more powerful and present in our lives. He goes on to say that sin ruled to the point of destruction and death. Then God’s grace (Jesus Christ) showed up. I’m comforted to know God’s Word says when sin increased, grace and righteousness increased even more. When guilt, condemnation and shame increased; grace and forgiveness and reconciliation increased even more. When bitterness, resentment, hurt and anger increased; grace, peace and joy increased even more. When hatred, and conflict increased; grace, love and compassion increased even more. When doubt, fear and unbelief increased; grace, expectant hope and faith increased even more.
When sickness and disease increased; grace, healing and deliverance increased even more. When hunger, poverty and lack increased; abundance and provision increased even more When despair and hopelessness increased; grace, courage and confidence increased even more. When death and destruction increased; grace and eternal life increased even more.
I give praise to God that His grace is new every day. I’m comforted to know that Jesus lives within me and His grace increases even more than any test I will ever face!
Father, thank You for Your unconditional love, mercy and grace. Jesus, Your blood provides the grace I need to endure and overcome every test and gives me eternal life. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.
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