GodReflection: Breathing Grace
It probably never was—but for sure today it is no longer in vogue to talk about sin. To say “I sinned” just feels out of place. It seems to play better to talk about mistakes and bad decisions.
The best I can tell God’s standard is perfection. Since humankind was made in the image of perfect God His original hope for His creation was to be a direct reflection of His faultless image.
It is sin when we fail to reflect a perfect God.
With the legacy of the garden story we humans mess up God’s original expectation by the time we began to walk and talk. So we were guilty about the first time we shouted “no” and for emphasis declared “it’s mine.”
With age, instruction, and maturity we reach a point in time when we recognized the hint of God and began to identify a basic standard of right and wrong.
Then came the first big decision. Will I open my heart to the heart of God?
From that point forward destiny is determined by a mixture of both good and bad decisions.
Good decisions reflect God’s image. Bad decisions reject God’s image.
Good decisions reflect sinlessness and perfection. It seems to me that since bad decisions fail to reflect God’s image they must be tagged as sin.
So that pretty much places everyone in the same Mall of Sin. Everyone has entered the shops and tasted sins samples.
It was sin that pulled creation away from the perfection of God.
Because of Papa Adam, Mama Eve, and their pet snake I find myself outside of God’s perfection and His resident garden.
In a word I am lost. As a human creation I’ve lost my way on the paths outside of the garden.
Then God steps in with His breath of grace to forgive and make new, to restore and make whole.
In his treatise to Christians who lived in Rome Jesus’ apostle Paul declares the hope filled announcement of God’s breath of grace.
This righteousness [different from salvation by do’s and don’ts] is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe . . . for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God [all means all]
Now, in the conclusion of his sentence comes the announcement:
. . . and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
Finally, Paul gives the explanation of how God’s breath of grace is available to me.
God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished—he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.
That’s the good news I need.
By living with Jesus while walking my daily trail through life I automatically breath God’s grace into my soul and He forgives my bad decisions. I still sin. However, because of His grace He sees me as sinless.
Why do you think that more people don’t sign up?
Dr. Gary J. Sorrells