Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Devotion 11.9.16

Again, our apologies, but the server is now up and running but the listservs (groups) were not recovered.  It's now being rebuilt which will take time. Working on a Facebook page for the men for future potentially handicapping injuries to our system like this. 

If I were to walk up to you and say, "All have sinned and are justified freely, without their own works or merits, by his grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, in His blood," (Romans 3:23 - 25) you would probably say, "Yes, I understand."

Believe it or not, that was a radical statement in its day.  Luther, 20 years after his 95 theses (1537), developed that confession, yet this notion of a free gift of grace does not settle well with the human mind.  Why?  Hundreds of years of teaching to the contrary, in which grace was something earned (maybe thousands actually).  Maybe even our own sinful nature, in which our forgiveness of someone and moving forward is determined by the terms or conditions we've weighed them with.

We thank God for not having strings attached to our grace we live under through faith.  We ask that we live according by showing that same grace to those we clash with.  We ask that this clarity of faith always be before us and that it not get clouded by our own reasoning.

Hope Men's Ministry

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