Reading Through Romans Series: Letting Grace Do Its Work
“Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires. Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. 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 6:12-14, NLT)
While we should be living under the power of the law, under the stronghold of sin, we are living under the freedom of God’s grace towards us. I’ve truly been loving going through Romans in my own personal day-to-day reading and being able to bring it here to you. The ways in which Paul lays out and stresses major points to us is really powerful and through that we can search our hearts and let God continue to grow us in the right direction.
The one thing that He has really been bringing to light in the past few chapters is the freedom of God’s grace, and the more I read about it, the more undeserving I feel to have it. I am far from perfection. I mess up, I take God’s love for granted, I can be impatient and unloving towards those who have hurt me, I can be self centered, and sin in numerous ways… yet God is still standing there with arms open wide. There is no type of gracious love that compares. It’s a grace that the world can’t even begin to understand and it was a gift freely given to me. It is a part of me, and the power and encouragement behind everything I do.
In my last devotion on Romans 5, we talked about God’s grace as well, so today I want to further expound on letting God’s grace invade your life and what that can do for you. There’s so much that can happen when you completely plant yourself in the grace of God and trust His voice in your life completely.
First, when we plant ourselves in the grace of God, we are able to forgive ourselves as He forgives us. Sometimes there are many things that sit within our hearts for years, unresolved and full of pain. When the grace of God enters our hearts, there are no longer any hiding spaces and He gives us the power to forgive ourselves and even others. There is no longer any room for bitterness.
This is something that most can’t do. Most people can’t move on, even from the smallest of things. But when we walk with Jesus, we are to put on His vision so that we can see the through the trivial reactions of our flesh and embrace the love that we are called to share and operate in. Acquiring the power to forgive others and yourself keeps you far from the schemes of the enemy and the power of bitterness.
In God’s grace, we can flourish to find our purpose and reach our best potential as followers of Christ. When we devote ourselves to God and stand firm in all He says, He begins to lead us down the path He has set out for our lives, and puts desires in our hearts that move us towards our purpose. It is in Him that we find our identity and the wholeness of our hearts. It is in Him that we are led towards our careers, spouses, and life plans. There is no other way of navigating life besides following the lead of our God. In His grace, you will find a guidance and stability you never knew existed. In every moment, you will have His voice guiding you in the right direction and completely informing your thoughts. You are never alone in the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Lastly, when you stand in God’s grace, you being to humble yourself and your life before Him. When you are in relationship with God, you begin to understand the vastness of His kingdom and all He does for you. Eventually, you realize it’s not all about you. God calls us to be humble, and we can’t help but take a step back when His grace is in the picture. God is so much bigger than us and our problems and with Him, thankfully, He keeps them small and keeps us humble and joyful.
Romans 6:20-23 says “When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the obligation to do right. And what was the result? You are now ashamed of the things you used to do, things that end in eternal doom. But now you are free from the power of sin and have become slaves of God. Now you do those things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” (NLT)
There’s nothing compared to this freedom, this love, this grace. Let’s just continue to praise Jesus for all He’s done and all He is going to do. Let’s continue to let Him grow us into people that resemble Him in His love and mercy more each and every day. Let’s let Him have His way in our hearts, giving him full control.
Thank you for your grace, God.