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G. John White's first devotional Sold out for Jesus covers 12 vital themes of Christianity.


22 October 2018

October Topic: Grace

As it is not until we have a deep appreciation of what GRACE is and means, that we really come into the full liberty in Christ that we have been purchased to experience, let's take this month to explore some of its depths and treasures.


Romans 5:20

WHEN SIN INCREASED, GRACE INCREASED ALL THE MORE

If God's plan was to be successful, it was inevitable!

As we saw yesterday, by the act of one man, Adam, sin entered the world and as more and more people were born, so in volume, sin increased. Not only so, but the sins of men increased too. He became arrogant in his rebellion and wickedness to the extent that he destroyed the Lord of Glory!

But where sin increased, God's grace increased even more. I suppose you could argue that God's grace has always been the same - because God is a God of love whose character doesn't change, therefore His grace has at all times been perfect and full in its measure.

The way in which it increased was by the engulfing of the need. As the need increased, it was discovered that God's grace has always been 'more than enough' to cover it.

The tremendous relief is that it is the same for us. When we are first saved, there is a certain level of grace that is required. As we begin to walk the Christian Life and take our first faltering steps, we soon find how inadequate we are to walk it, how awful our sin is and how sinful we really are. On top of all that, instead of getting better, all our determined efforts seem to be lost beneath a cloud of failure, disobedience and faithlessness.

BUT God's grace did not stop at our conversion; it didn't stop when our true selves began to be revealed, and it hasn't stopped despite all our failure and helplessness.

No! Each time we have come in humility and with a contrite heart, we have found that His grace has increased to cover all our sin.

Isn't God good?

My friend, no matter how insignificant you may feel; how much of a failed Christian; how much you may feel you have 'blown it' - when you come humbly before God you find that His grace has increased all the more! - All of it has been covered!

Isn't that terrific? Relax in the peace of God, from being at peace with God!

And don't worry about the future - His grace will increase to cover that, too!

 


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