I am a woman of grace! The theology of grace has transformed my life.
Grace gives us the power to live like Christ. Understanding our identity gives us the freedom to live like Christ.
Consider the words of Paul, the teacher of grace, in Colossians 3.
He begins by reminding us who we are – raised with Christ (conjoined) and seated at the right hand of God, lives hidden in Christ, and we will appear with Him in glory.
Now, because of that we are empowered to put to death that which belong to our earthly nature – sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desire, greed, anger, wrath, malice, slander, filthy language, and lying.
We can do this because we have been made new.
Our job, as God’s chosen ones, Holy, and dearly loved is to cooperate with the Holy Spirit within us, knowing who we are, and walk as children of the light. We do this by clothing ourselves with:
Bearing with one another
Forgiving one another
Jesus’ death and resurrection provided the clothing. We just have to choose to put it on.
God’s grace empowers us to be more like Christ and say no to ungodliness.
Friends, let us remember who we are in Him – Holy and blameless in His sight. Let that emboldened us to walk as children of light. Go out today and remember you are clothed in righteousness! Act like it.
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”
Colossians 3:12-14 NIV