Wednesday in the Word
Hello! I am dead tired, but I made a commitment to be more consistent in updating my Wednesday in the Word series, so here it is! This next one is actually a reflection made during Morning Prayer yesterday, and it involves Romans 3:31
"Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law."
Prior to this verse, the chapter reminds us about grace: that it is what we do, but what has been done for us. All of us fall short of the glory of God; all have sinned. It reminds us to not be hypocritical and to not judge others, because we ourselves are imperfect. However, that is not to say that we should simply disregard the law and freely sin.
As a Christian, I have seen many people (including myself) fall into the extremes of suffering guilt from their sins, acting or feeling righteous because we believe we are "right", or simply saying "F--- it, we're all sinners, I can do whatever I want and just repent later."
The problem with these three extremes is that it is about us, not God. If we truly were to focus on the Lord, then it isn't about what we do and/or say or what we want to do and/or say, but about what He wants us to do and/or say. Why are we feeling so guilty when grace has already covered our sins? Why are we so righteous when we know we fall short of the glory of God? If you truly understood even a minuscule bit of how much He loves us, how could you take advantage of it? The Gospel message is simple: God so loved the world that He gave His One and Only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
This verse really challenged me to focus more on God, and let Him guide my actions, rather than define my faith through actions.
What is a verse that has been challenging you lately? :) Leave a msg below!