Have you ever thought about how your life would be if you truly got what you deserved? Have you ever took a survey of all of your wrongs and rights. All of your should, should haves, and should have nots? All of the times when you should have done the right thing but you choose to turn the other way. Have you ever been brutally honest with yourself for once in your life. Have you once stopped comparing yourself to a fallen standard of sinful and wicked people. Have you ever measured yourself up to the commandments, not the ten but the two Christ gave.
28One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”
29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.[a]30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’[b]31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[c] There is no commandment greater than these.”
32 “Well said, teacher,” the man replied. “You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. 33 To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”
We dare not attempt to begin to measure ourselves against the rest of the law as we would fail and we continue to fail at it. If it was not true then there would have been no Jesus Christ. We know that the breaking on one law breaks all of the law. We know that breaking the law equals death. We know that the blood of offerings and sacrifices only cover our sins as it does not remove them.
8 If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,”[a] you are doing right. 9 But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. 10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. 11 For he who said, “You shall not commit adultery,”[b] also said, “You shall not murder.”[c] If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker.
We conveniently forget what Jesus has instructed us to do as well as those who have laid the foundation. We hold on to “behaviors” and “moral code” and ignore our hearts. We blind ourselves to sin and attach our souls to morality. We continue to write laws and live by words written by sinful men. Some would say the same thing about the bible and the only reasons why is because they don’t know what’s in it. They would claim to have read it hundreds of times by reading and studying is not the same thing. So we forget that Christ preached repentance and being born of the spirit. We forget that Christ preached about hearts being changed from being hearts of stone. We love the golden rule and feel that we will be blessed because we keep it. But we can hardly keep up with the golden rule at all, even on our best days. Yet we continue to live as we take God’s long suffering for granted. We take His grace and mercy for grant while living as if He is powerless. We walk by the mirror everyday and refuse to look into it.
We cannot earn God’s love, it has to be given to us and it was handed over to the believer nailed to a cross. God’s grace, placed himself on a cross to die for those that hated him. The grace that God gave to undeserving men and women is still mocked and ridiculed daily. We pound our chest at how morally right we are and how much more civilized we are. We boast in our modernization and how “religion” is holding us back. We hate God so much and we throw His grace back to his face. We vow to earn our own way to heaven, we vow to write more laws to make us more righteous. We vow to start more charities and to give more money to earn a seat in the life after death. We look out at the world and surrounding universe as we call ourselves masters. What kind of pride can look God in the face and still act as if they deserve to set next to God in all of their unholiness. Its the kind of pride that only the children of wrath can have as they get it from their father the devil. Only that kind of pride and feel boastful enough to stand against God’s grace. We refuse to see ourselves as sinners. We refuse to see our filthiness. We refuse to see ourselves for what we are. How can we ever hope to have life more abundantly if we are still so self righteous and self centered? We can’t approach the cross like that. The gospel will never fill and heart with love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. It cannot as long as we feel that there is nothing wrong with us. To see the fullness of grace and how wonderful it is, there must be a sense of unworthiness or humility.
Grace:a : unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification b : a virtue coming from God c : a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine gracea : approval, favor <stayed in his good graces> b archaic : mercy, pardon c : a special favor : privilege <each in his place, by right, not grace, shall rule his heritage — Rudyard Kipling> d : disposition to or an act or instance of kindness, courtesy, or clemency e : a temporary exemption : reprievefavor or goodwill. Synonyms: kindness, kindliness, love, benignity; condescension.a manifestation of favor, especially by a superior: It was only through the dean’s grace that I wasn’t expelled from school. Synonyms: forgiveness, charity, mercifulness. Antonyms: animosity, enmity, disfavor.mercy; clemency; pardon: He was saved by an act of grace from the governor. Synonyms: lenity, leniency, reprieve. Antonyms: harshness.
As long as we think that we are better than the next person, humility will always escape us and so will the full weight of God’s grace. A long with that, the present and work of the Holy Spirit as well as the Gospel.
English Standard Version (ESV)
8For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
1 Peter 1:13
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Called to Be Holy
13Therefore, preparing your minds for action,[a] and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.