Sunday, June 13, 2021
“What’s the Truth about Grace?” pt 5
The core reality of the grace message empowers us to walk with God in a relationship of wholehearted love.
John 14:15 ESV Jesus said, “If you love me, you will obey me.”
True love is the only real power to obey God and His word, not willpower.
There is no such thing as loving Jesus without desiring to obey His Word.
The smallest act of obedience is better than the greatest intention.
2. Living with Unforgiveness.
Ephesians 4:32 NKJV And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. .And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.
Most people appreciate being forgiven, but when they are required to give forgiveness they have a short memory.
Unforgiveness deposits seeds of bitterness in our soul and dangerous germs of resentment in the memory banks of our mind.
Hebrews 12:14-15 ISV Pursue peace with everyone, as well as holiness, without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up and causes you trouble, or many of you will become defiled. “
Because God forgives me, I forgive you, _______________, for ______________________________________________
3. Lack of humility.
I Peter 5:6 NKJV Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time,
The proud person is self-reliant, but the humble person is reliant upon God and His Word.
Matthew 11:29 NASB Jesus said, take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Other scripture; James 4:6, James 1:21
4.Lack of Gratitude.
Hebrews 12:28 NASB Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let’s show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe;
Other scripture; Matthew 10:8, Colossians 3:17
A true understanding of grace always provokes a life of gratitude and obedience.