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Devotional - week of August 3, 2014


WHAT IS LIVING BY GRACE?

In Romans 6:14 the Apostle Paul writes, “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the law, but under grace.” Just what is the meaning of being “under grace?”

One answer to that question is in understanding what it means to be “under law.” On three occasions at the time of the giving of the law the nation of Israel said, “What God has said we will do.”

“If God said it, we will do it.” To be under law is to make a commitment to do what God says to do. So, being under grace, then, is not simply living out a commitment on our part to do what God says to do.

Another way to understand the meaning of living by grace is to consider the meaning of being “saved by grace.” All evangelicals know that one is saved by grace through faith. We trust-God saves. We do not provide our own salvation.

To live by grace, then, is to trust God continuously to be the total resource for living. This, of course, is the opposite of being under the law arrangement of making a commitment to be our own resource for life.

Here is another way to understand what it means to be “under grace.” The life that Paul describes in Romans 5 and 6 as being the life of grace he describes in Romans chapter 8 as “walking after the Spirit.” And in Romans 8:4 Paul writes that the righteousness of the law is fulfilled (notice the passive) in those who walk after the Spirit.

Consider the following definition of “grace.”

The grace of God is everything God is-

moving freely toward you

to meet your every need.