“But sin didn’t, and doesn’t, have a chance in competition with the aggressive forgiveness we call grace. When it’s sin versus grace, grace wins hands down. All sin can do is threaten us with death, and that’s the end of it. Grace, because God is putting everything together again through the Messiah, invites us into life—a life that goes on and on and on, world without end.” Romans 5:20 MSG
Prayer Reflections for June 14
I love the Message version of this verse. The aggressive force of grace. We don’t normally think of grace as aggressive.
But if you think about it, God’s grace is indeed an “aggressive force”. He so badly wanted a relationship with us that He gave Adam and Eve a garden, and He allowed Adam to name the animals. Those things show the partnership God wanted with us.
And then they ruined it.
So God, with His aggressively beautiful grace, makes a covenant with the Israelite people instead.
Well, they ruined that too.
So then He sends prophets. Well, they wanted a king. With His ridiculous grace, He gave them kings that were good and bad to remind the people of how much they needed Him.
Well, they ruined that too.
So then God, in the most aggressive grace that He ever could do, gave His one and only Son to die for us. And with that action, we were provided such overwhelming grace that we cannot even comprehend it as humans. Instead of constantly having to sacrifice animals for forgiveness, we can openly approach the throne of the Father through prayer and He will welcome us with open arms.
As sin increased, grace increased more <3
June 14 Prayer
Dear Lord, As I begin this day, remind me to never take advantage of your grace. Fill me with overwhelming love for You that even if I accidentally sin, I know I can come to You and ask for forgiveness and it will be there. Help me use grace to draw toward you and then have that pour out to those around me. Amen.
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