It is not sufficient to see and to know the beauty of a work. We must feel and be affected by it. ~ Voltaire
The word is sweet, is it not? Filled with a rich aroma.
God’s grace is sufficient. We all cling to that and it is a fact to be marveled at to be sure…One we readily accept.
But what about His righteousness? His judgement? His direction or leading? His teaching, molding, changing of our lives? His Spirit which comforts, confronts and enables us to live as He wills? Do we really (and readily) accept these other Holy attributes of our Father?
2 Corinthians 12:9(ESV) But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”…
When Paul wrote those treasured words, he was expounding on his “thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan sent to buffet” him. And the above quote was from God as reassurance in his burden, not a license to sin. This “thorn” was allowed to keep Paul from getting conceited. It is crucial it be kept in context.
The church, as a whole, is on a slippery slope. Divorce is as common place within the body as it is in the secular world. Adultery is just as prevalent as is substance abuse, depression, domestic violence, gossip, etc. All the while, we are busy making excuses for its existence and are accepting of its presence. Yet we are instructed this ought not to be so.
Paul (Yep, the same Paul) also wrote…
Romans 6:1-2(AMP) What shall we say [to all this]? Are we to remain in sin in order that God’s grace (favor and mercy) may multiply and overflow? Certainly not! How can we who died to sin live in it any longer?
Followed by yet another most profound question…
Romans 6:3(AMP) Are you ignorant of the fact that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?
Are we? As a whole, is the church ignorant to the meaning of “My grace is sufficient”? Looking from the inside, it appears so.
Paul also said…
Titus 2:11-12(AMP) For the grace of God (His unmerited favor and blessing) has come forward (appeared) for the deliverance from sin and the eternal salvation for all mankind.
It has trained us to reject and renounce all ungodliness (irreligion) and worldly (passionate) desires, to live discreet (temperate, self-controlled), upright, devout (spiritually whole) lives in this present world,
We need to get up, put our big boy pants on and allow God’s Holy Spirit the elbow room to do His work inside us. We need to hold fast to His instruction and allow Him to train us to “reject and renounce all ungodliness” including “worldly desires”. We need to allow Him to teach us to live a “self-controlled, spiritually whole” life in this present world.
It is time for us to start paying attention to, and understanding the importance of, the many “therefores” and “ifs” contained in the Holy Word of God.
The damage being done inside the church is breaking my heart. I can only imagine the tears of our Father.
Remember…It is time to stop withering on the vine.