Too often I can get caught up in works. I think I must change and do so that God will love me. Much of it is the result of growing up with a lot of rules. Lists of dos and don’t that show I am a believer. Most of the time it only produced failure and shame. I can not change. I can not follow all the rules or the law.
Over the past five years or so God has been teaching me that the Gospel is not a bunch of rules I need to follow. No the gospel is about grace. The grace of a God who sent His Son because He loves me. I do not need to work for His love, I only need to accept it.
It’s not me, it’s God who changes me. It’s the gospel that changes my heart and life. What Jesus did on the cross freed me from law. I am no longer bound to it. Does it mean I can do whatever I want and no longer follow the law No! It means that Jesus is changing me, He changes my heart.
Because He loves me and desires me to be holy He changes me through the work of the gospel because He knows I can not do it.
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me. 1 Corinthians 15:10
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