Shame, Faith and Grace
Friday, May 04, 2012
Just thinking about the book of Romans lately. Thats where I have enjoyed reading in my Amplified Bible. I love the way the Amplified expands and gives the full meaning of words so that you get a clearer picture of what is being conveyed. In one part it talks about our relation to sin. Part of relation is relationship. If we break our relation to sin, then we can have unbroken fellowship with God. Sin separates us from God. If you want a greater intimacy with God, allow Him to deal with your sin. Break your relationship with it. If we are dead to something, how can we live in it any more? Self righteousness only brings condemnation and bondage. We cannot free ourselves from shame and guilt without the free gift of grace. It is not what we have done that makes us worth anything. I love the question Paul posed in Romans. What have you gained from what you are now ashamed of? Let us lay all of our shame and guilt and falling short at the cross and accept, through faith, our righteousness and justification. Grace is only accessed through faith. The grace we have is abundant and overflowing, but our own self righteousness will not secure it for us.