Listening to some ladies sharing past experiences at our bible study last night opened my eyes to some of the ways churches can bind up people after they accept Christ as their Lord and Savior. How sad that is!! Jesus came to set us free, not put us in deeper bondage. We don’t put off the chains of the old law only to take on chains of a new one!!
Jesus said, “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill.”~Matthew 5:17
Only Jesus can fulfill the law of the Old Testament. We cannot.
I listened while ladies spoke about rules in their church growing up, how so many of those rules made them feel unworthy of God’s love. Well, guess what! We are unworthy! That is why Jesus came to save us!! He didn’t come because we deserved it. He came because we don’t and can’t!
The bible says in Romans 4:7, “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds have been forgiven, and whose sins have been covered.”
Ephesians 2:8 says, “By grace you have been saved through faith.” It is by His grace that we can be saved. All we have to do is put our faith in Him. We don’t have to be worthy. We don’t have to deserve it, because actually we cannot.
Oh, praise Jesus!! We are forgiven!! Our sins are covered!! Let us not forget that we now live by grace, His grace showered upon us freely even though we don’t deserve it.
You know, condemning others or even ourselves really just shows our own pride. If we ever think we could be good enough, we are only fooling ourselves. Only Jesus is good enough. Only Jesus is righteous. Only Jesus can keep the law and fulfill it.
BUT……and this is a BIG BUT…..
He has forgiven us. He has died to set us free. All we need to do is put our faith and trust in Him and walk in His righteousness, the wonderful thing He imparts to us. I marvel at the fact that when God the Father looks down at us, He only sees Jesus!
Do you know Jesus? Have you put your faith and trust in Him? If not, do it TODAY!