“The law came in so that the trespass might increase; but where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 5:20-21)
Did you know that Satan was a boxer? He has a deadly one-two punch. His first punch comes at you in the form of temptation. When that temptation comes and we give into it, that’s when Satan’s uppercut comes to knock us out. The uppercut comes in the form of guilt and shame. When we give into our sinful desires and the temptation that Satan throws our way, Satan wants to hit us while we’re down. He comes in with the haymaker of guilt and shame so that we are down for the count, becoming ineffective for the kingdom of God.
During the time of Moses, God gave His people, the Israelties, the law. The law was given not to give God’s people a bunch of rules to keep them in line; rather, the law was given to define what sin was and show us just how separated we are from God. Now, at first that sounds rough, but in reality, the law was a form of God’s grace. God wanted us to know just how far we are from him. God wanted us to know the desperate state we were so that we would look to Him. And, what happens when we look to God? He pours out His grace upon us that is bigger than our sin. Even though we keep on sinning, God keeps pouring out His grace to cover our sins; all we need to do is ask Him.
1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
Question: Do you know that God’s grace is bigger than your sin?
Challenge: Memorize Romans 5:20 and I John 1:9.
Prayer: Jesus, thank you for making the grace of God known and thank you that your grace is bigger.
Ryan Reveley, Chapel Leader -- Lowell Spinners