For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. -Ephesians 2:8 NIV
You are a forgiven sinner. You always need to keep these two words together. If you focus on being a sinner, you might get desperate. If you focus on being forgiven, you might lean on misusing grace.
It’s also good to remember that when you are forgiven from something, you are also forgiven for something. Through grace, you are made right with God. But that’s not the end of it. You are not free to do whatever you like. Through grace, you are instead empowered for living in grace. That does not mean sitting on your hands.
Repenting is not just feeling sorry for your sins but taking action – by God’s grace – for the right direction. You are freed for becoming God’s change-agent in this world. You are sent to love and serve in radical ways.
Do you dare to ask God what this means in your life? Being in God’s will is the safest place in the world. You will never be short-changed. The more you love, the more love you receive. The more grace you extend, the more grace you receive.
- Ask God what change you are supposed to create in the world and what you can do today.
- Thank God for forgiving you for your sins and ask him to empower to live in grace.