Prayer- Lord, Open my heart and open my mind and help me learn. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
17"If, while we seek to be justified in Christ, it becomes evident that we ourselves are sinners, does that mean that Christ promotes sin? Absolutely not! 18If I rebuild what I destroyed, I prove that I am a lawbreaker. 19For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. 20I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!
This is Paul’s declaration of principle, (and a fine one it is.) Re- read these four verses and really pay attention to what Paul is saying. This is why he believes he si absolutely right about his stance with the gentiles. Paul doesn’t believe that it is law that saves, it is Christ. The laws are good to help us do our work here on earth, but if we are saved by following laws, Christ died for nothing! (I love that last line.)
Remember, our union with Christ does not destroy our personality, it enhances it. Jesus gives us the outline for life and helps mold us, but we are still ourselves. I will now admit it- I am not a perfect son of God, I am not Jesus. (gasp) But, Jesus does love me and lives within me. I may not be Christ, but I can strive to be Christ-like. I am not alone here, we all fall into the same category. We, as a group and as a church, have principles. As long as we remember what Paul say’s here, the rest will be easier. Not perfect, but easier.
Prayer- Lord, Thank you for your love and for giving us the base for our lives, Your Son- Jesus Christ. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
Things to do-Now you know that it is Jesus that guides your life, what will you do? Who will you tell? Reflect on these thoughts and act on your reflections.