The Gift of Grace
But where sin increased, grace increased all the more. Romans 5:20, NIV
Argghhh! I cringed as the car ahead of me putzed along. I could run faster than this!
Convinced of that fact, I glanced at the speedometer and cringed again.
Oops. My bad.
The car was going the speed limit and, lo and behold, probably spared me a speeding ticket from the police officer whose car I just noticed hiding off the side of the highway.
Those old speed limits. They’re oh-so-easy to break.
But today I felt convicted by how often I try to justify ignoring them with excuses of I’m running late; everybody does it; five miles over is acceptable—so what’s another two?
I teach my kids that laws protect us, but when I feel stifled by them, I’m not sure I’m truly on board with the necessity of some laws—at least for me. As I typed that, rest assured I realized the audacity of that admission. But in all honesty there’s a strong thread of entitled feelings within me that claim I have the right to break certain laws and expect God’s protection regardless.
Laws point out our sins. That’s been their purpose since God created the Law—capital L—for His people thousands of years ago.
Jesus allowed that car to be ahead of me today. Through it, He showed me the greater grace He loves to shed on us despite our sin. I deserved a ticket. He could have made sure I got one. Knowing He didn’t do so doesn’t make me less guilty, as if it were okay because I got away with it. Knowing He showed me grace reminds me of my need for that grace.
Jesus loves offering grace to people when He knows we’ll be moved to live for Him because of it. He’s the Master at transforming lifestyles of sin into lifestyles of grace.
FAITH STEP: What rules do you struggle to obey? How have you experienced Jesus’ grace in your life?
Contributed by Erin Keeley Marshall
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