Good September Morning 9-9-08

"What shall we say, then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?" Romans 6:1-4  by request.      

Evangelical Christians are sometimes accused of encouraging sin when they emphasize that man is saved solely by grace, for Christ's sake, through faith. No accusation can be more unjust.  St. Paul cleared up this matter when writing to the Roman Christians. "Shall we continue in sin that grace may bound?" he asks. Is it all right to sin inasmuch as  God is glad to forgive? Perhaps we can even give the grace of God greater play by sinning more, he seems to suggest. But he quickly answers his own question. "God forbid."      

Only an extremely wicked or a mentally deranged person would willfully offend those who show him kindness and favors. A favor calls for gratitude. That is true even in earthly matters. How much more in spiritual matters. We were lost and condemned creatures, miserable sinners, who deserved nothing but God's wrath. He sent His Son to die for us, and in one stroke He made it possible for every human being to be saved and to enter the eternal glory of heaven.        

Christian friends, As believers in Jesus, we need to follow Him faithfully everyday. It's never right to take a time-out from our commitment to Him.In every religious discussion, keep God's Word at the center, and you won't arrive at wrong conclusions.  

I want to serve the LORD in full surrender,                                                           My life a crucible, His eye the test,                                                        Each hour a gift from Him, the gracious Sender,                                        Each day a pledge to give to Christ my best.  

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY - Following Christ has two requirements: Believing Him and obeying Him.