Study 2:Loved Enough

Read Galatians 5:13

All who trust Jesus as their Lord and Savior have been smothered in grace. Grace is more complex than I fully understand, but in its simplest form it is a gift freely given, expecting no payment in return. Through Jesus, God has lavished grace on us so thick we can’t even begin to understand just how free we are. However, we should seek to understand it more. It has always been God’s desire for us to be stewards of His grace. From the air we breathe to the future inheritance we’ve been promised, awareness of these gifts should make us totally unsatisfied to settle for our own desires. This foundation and freedom in Christ should spur us to action. We should allow it to empower us to do more.

Ask:

Take a moment now to reflect on all the beautiful gifts God has given. Have I allowed myself to become spoiled by grace, letting grace stagnate in me? If so, why am I tempted to hoard God’s blessings?

How could I begin to use the grace given to me by God for something bigger than myself?

Read Romans 6:1-4

Too often we misuse grace as a pass to continue doing all the wrong things we know we shouldn’t. These sins of actively choosing to do wrong are called sins of commission. They should occur less and less as we allow God’s Spirit to make us more into His image. Most Christ followers don’t have a problem focusing on quitting these sin habits. In fact, they can assume a lot of false pride when they give up an addiction or bad practice. As important as it is to repent of these actions, at what expense are we overly focused on them? Could our obsession with never doing wrong be causing us to neglect the other, more important half of our purpose?

To live fully in the freedom that grace purchased for us, we must also repent of all we have neglected to do. So many commands in God’s word are not commands to stop, but to start! Feed the hungry. Care for the orphan. Love your neighbor. Visit the widow. Give thanks. Build one another up. Reprove openly. Be a peacemaker. The second half of rejecting sin and responding to grace means acting on the commands to love and serve.

We rarely focus on these sins of omission, settling instead for simply not messing up. Jesus wants more than that! He wants you to become more like Him, worrying less about doing wrong and focusing more on doing the work of the Father.

Ask:

Do I think about sins of omission (inaction) as much as sins of commission (acting wrongly)? Why?

How would the church look different if each of us were empowered by God’s grace to extend grace to others?

What sins of omission do I need to turn from and begin giving God my “yes” as an act of worship to Him?