Understanding the Gospel, especially God’s grace, provides several benefits. Knowing that you are loved no matter what if you belong to Him, knowing that though He might discipline you, He will never be punitively angry at you (He already did that to His Son at the cross) is indeed is a deep well to drink from for all of us who live in a performance oriented world.
I was contemplating these benefits and thought I would list a few, after the jump.
First, know that, because of grace and particularly the imputed righteousness of Christ, you are clean. All of the sin you will ever commit has already been paid for. You have Christ standing in for you.
Second, because you are forgiven, you can forgive others. God has forgiven me so many bad things that when I am slighted I can remember that Jesus has forgiven me much worse – it helps to get to the point of being able to forgive others faster.
Third, because you will never again be an enemy of God, He is on your side. And because of that He’s got your back. And that means you are free to take risks. You can be wrong, you don’t need to defend yourself, you don’t have to explain yourself. You are loved no matter what by the only One whose love counts.
Fourth, because you have the above and so many other benefits, you are in the best position to love God back. If you know that God has already punished your sins, forgiven everything, and made you His child through adoption, what’s not to love about that?
And only those who love God are able to let God change them. When you love someone, you spend time with them and the more you spend time with someone, the more you become like them and so those that spend time with Jesus become like Him. It happens painlessly and without toil. You just spend time with Him and you start to see changes happen.
So there you have it. You have nothing to protect and nothing to lose.
And life cannot beat someone who isn’t afraid to lose.
Question: Does God’s grace make any difference to you in how you view Him, yourself, and your circumstances? If so, list them and then pick up that list every so often and read through it.