Thursday, March 15, 2012

Dependent on Grace

"You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.  Now we know that God's judgment against those who do such things is based on truth.  So when you, a mere man, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God's judgment?"  Romans 2:1-3

Paul's words in Romans 1:18-32 are straightforward as he condemns the godlessness and wickedness of men.  These people worshiped idols, practiced homosexuality, and were very violent.  I'm sure many people in the Roman church were nodding their heads in agreement.  But what a surprise the listeners must have felt when Paul turned on them and said, "You have no excuse.  You are just as bad!"

NONE of us are good enough; we ALL must depend completely on God's grace.  Any sin is enough to lead us to depend on Jesus for salvation.  We have all sinned repeatedly, and there is no way apart from Christ to be saved from sin's consequences. 

Many blessings,

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  1. I am so thankful for His grace! Love these moments in the Word!

  2. We all desperately need Him. Finger pointing will never move us forward. Must embrace grace!

  3. Hi Lisa - amen, I am as guilty as anyone else. Great reminder
    God bless