“Follow sin, and sin will rob you of your innocence and character.
Follow sin, and sin will wither away your health.
Follow sin, and sin will turn to ashes even the common, precious things of life – things like friendship, love, laughter, the innocence of children, hope and contentment.
Follow sin, and sin will usher you to damnation and smirk as you stagger through the door.
How different is the king whose name is Grace! Grace sees us staggering and comes alongside to help us and bear us up.
Grace sees us destitute and pours the inexhaustible riches of Christ and the Father into our laps. Grace sees us dying and imparts eternal life. The Bible says through Paul that “the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23).
Grace says, “What do you need? Tell me. Tell me anything at all.”
And then grace provides that need in accord with God’s perfect wisdom, invincible power, and unlimited supply. It is because of Grace that the author of Hebrews urges: “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (Heb. 4:16). “
– James Montgomery Boice, Romans Volume 2, The Reign of Grace, pages 638
What a great book this is Christina! Another one for my ever growing “list” –
Sin is such a deceitful master – sweet to the eye and taste, but bitterness and death once digested.
I need to not only avail myself to grace, but remind myself that this grace is available to everyone who receives it. I can be so unmerciful in my thoughts towards others while wanting this mercy for myself!
Have a blessed day my friend!
I have to tell you that I have been so blessed by his Romans series. The series is expositional and I feel like I enter into a sermon each time.
I think you will love it!
Discovered your blog by way of Diane’s. Wonderfully rich and truthful posts you have here! Thanks, too, for the link to the World Wide Classroom Courses…what a treasure of resources.
It is such a pleasure to meet you! It’s a funny thing this world of blogging, isn’t it? I have truly been blessed to meet people that I otherwise never would have met! And, thank you so much for your encouragement. I look forward to checking out some of your posts in the near future, too!
And before I forget…the World Wide Classroom Courses are amazing, aren’t they? For someone like me, who at this point anyway, is without the desire to go back to school, what an amazing resource. And my favorite part — it’s FREE!
Lord bless you today!
Petra Hefner says
Beautiful truths flawlessly ringing and utterly undeniable. Thank you, my friend, i needed this!
Thanks for posting this. I needed this as a reminder to me that God loves me despite myself. Satan would have us frightened away from the throne of grace, trembling like Luther at his first Mass. There’s a good balance to be maintained between respecting the holiness of God (that is, not approaching Him in a flippant manner) and being confident that our petitions can be heard. Appreciate this, sister.