Words from the Heart for Monday March 12th, 2018
Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.
Romans 6:14 (NLT)
Under the Freedom of God’s Grace
Having a cruel, demanding master is not a way of life that anyone would choose. As children of the Lord we received the wonderful gift of salvation. We now can live in freedom. We choose to walk to please the Lord. His word guides us. He gives us the power of new life. If we fail, we can come immediately to Him for forgiveness. It truly is a brand new way of living.
The Canadian Federation of Agriculture calculated that on this past February 9, a Canadian household of average income will have earned enough income to pay for their grocery bill for the entire year. Each year, CFA examines the proportion of income that Canadians spend on food as a way to explore year-over-year changes and boost consumers’ understanding of Canada’s food system, from Farm-Gate-to-Plate. Canadians spent 11% of their disposable income on food in 2017, compared to 10.7% in 2016.
The law is pretty important. Think about what life would be like without laws that tell us, for example, that here in Canada we drive on the right hand side of the road. What chaos there would be, and carnage, on our roads if there was no such law. But the law only protects us. It does not have the power to force me to do anything. It only punishes me if I break it. I have to decide to keep the law, but I don’t have to keep the law: our prisons are filled with those who didn’t feel like keeping the law. If this is the case with human beings, it is even more so with God’s laws. The Bible teaches that every single one of us has broken God’s laws. The good news is found in Romans 6:14: “Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.” When we recognize our guilt, and seek God’s forgiveness by trusting Jesus Christ, we are set free from the law and begin to live our lives under his grace. How freeing this is.
These have been words from the heart.