January 31

Written by Bill Grandi on January 31st, 2022

For my communion thought yesterday I shared the following:

Paul David Tripp in his book, New Morning Mercies, wrote this: “Face it, your most brilliant act of righteousness wouldn’t measure up to God’s standards; that’s why you’ve been give the grace of Jesus.” (January 30)

He goes on to write;

The more you understand the magnitude of God’s grace, the more accurate will be your view of the depth of your unrighteousness; and the more you understand the depth of your unrighteousness, the more you will appreciate the magnitude of God’s grace.

To understand God’s grace we need to understand sin. Sin in a condition of the heart which affects us all. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” It might be easy for us to deflect attention from our sin by placing more blame on someone else’s sin, but that doesn’t work with God.

God didn’t leave us in this sorry, helpless, and hopeless state. He sent His Son to do what we could not do. We can stand before a holy God-perfect in every way- broken, imperfect, weak and frail and be unafraid because Jesus stands in our place and says, “He’s mine.” (Or she’s mine). When God looks at us He sees Jesus and sees perfection, Christ’s perfection.  What is really cool is that Romans 6 says, “Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? God forbid.” God’s grace is always greater than my sin. That is not a license to sin, but it does give thought to the greatness of His grace.

Can there be any better news than that?

“Father, thank You for the sacrifice of Jesus. Thank you for His willingness to stand in my place. And than You for the magnitude of Your grace.”




6 Comments so far ↓

  1. Without God’s grace, we are nothing!
    Bill, I missed the live sermon yesterday, but will be catching up today. Looking forward to it!

    • Bill Grandi says:

      Very true Martha. And I’m honored you watch. To know you catch up later just blows me away.

  2. Ryan S says:

    No doubt we won’t measure up without Christ standing in our stead.

  3. Ed says:

    Romans 8:38-39 comes to mind when reading this. Actually the whole book of Romans does.
    I’ve been lacking in my Bible study time lately, and thus I have been feeling far away from God, even though by now I should know better, because He has (emphasis on has) speaking to me through my dreams.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      Those verses in Romans 8 fit very well Ed. Getting back closer happens when we get into the Word…but you already know that.