Romans–Passionate Christian Theology
“We cannot be perfect, so why try? You have to accept that you are not perfect, Susan, and just stop trying.” This was said to me recently. Wow, really? The gracious glorious act of aggressive forgiveness we call grace has been so misunderstood over the ages. It must make God angry and Jesus weep yet again over the fallen world that wants to sin repeatedly without consequence. There is true freedom but conquering your sin, changing your ways for God’s ways and growing up not to sin again! There are so many distractions in this world. If you slip up, God’s grace will cleanse you, but go and sin no more!
Paul goes over this again in his letter…So, what do we do with this grace episode to the Roman believers…WE can learn a lot.
Romans 6, The Message
15-18 So, since we’re out from under the old tyranny, does that mean we can live any old way we want? Since we’re free in the freedom of God, can we do anything that comes to mind? Hardly. You know well enough from your own experience that there are some acts of so-called freedom that destroy freedom. Offer yourselves to sin, for instance, and it’s your last free act. But offer yourselves to the ways of God and the freedom never quits. All your lives you’ve let sin tell you what to do. But thank God you’ve started listening to a new master, one whose commands set you free to live openly in his freedom!
19 I’m using this freedom language because it’s easy to picture. You can readily recall, can’t you, how at one time the more you did just what you felt like doing—not caring about others, not caring about God—the worse your life became and the less freedom you had? And how much different is it now as you live in God’s freedom, your lives healed and expansive in holiness?
20-21 As long as you did what you felt like doing, ignoring God, you didn’t have to bother with right thinking or right living, or right anything for that matter. But do you call that a free life? What did you get out of it? Nothing you’re proud of now. Where did it get you? A dead end.
22-23 But now that you’ve found you don’t have to listen to sin tell you what to do, and have discovered the delight of listening to God telling you, what a surprise! A whole, healed, put-together life right now, with more and more of life on the way! Work hard for sin your whole life and your pension is death. But God’s gift is real life, eternal life, delivered by Jesus, our Master.
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for a whole, healed, put-together life right now who lives expectantly for your coming. I love you with all my heart, mind and soul. I know I am not perfect but I am perfectly forgiven and my desire is to not sin again, to go back to my old selfish ways to to live freely in YOUR ways. Thank you, Lord for teaching us what TRUE freedom is in Your Name we pray and live life to the full, Amen! I believe.