I’ve come across it so many times this week… concerning my walk with God… concerning my parenting…
“Before we can embrace grace, we have to embrace sin.Not celebrate it or wallow in it, just own up to it – so we can accept the forgiveness we desperately need.” – Liz Curtis Higgs
Embrace sin… such a shocking statement, and maybe embrace isn’t exactly the word, yet it gives a good feel for what He seems to be daring me to do when I come across these verses and quotes again and again.
“Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” – Rm. 5:20-21
Law = increased sin.
Increased sin = abounding grace.
And, of course, my sin is not something to celebrate or even to dwell in pity over. It’s something to rebuke, to put off, to turn from in pursuit of God. But, I think He’s telling me that there’s more to it than that. Perhaps I should look the other way in a sense. Because where sin increased, grace abounded. He’s daring me to learn how to embrace the fact that I’m a sinner in need of Him without lessening the battle against the sin.
And not just in my walk with Him. I have to embrace the sinner in all…
“Parents sometimes give children a keepable standard… This non-biblical counsel drives children away from the cross. It doesn’t take grace from God to [keep this standard]… When you fail to hold out God’s standard, you rob your children of the mercy of the gospel.” – Tedd Tripp
And how often I give my girl a keepable standard.
Living in grace involves embracing not only the sinner in me, but embracing the sinner in those around me. I have to be willing to hold truth high enough that it exposes the people around me, especially my daughter as a sinner in need of God’s grace, even when it hurts. I’m taking the dare to learn how to live that out.
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