Monday: Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me

Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more. (Ro. 5:20)

The law entered a dark and gloomy world, casting its light upon the shadows of sin. Because of it, man finds himself drowning in offenses and countless transgressions due to his appetite for sin. As sons of Adam, man has set his will against his Creator, thinking it wise to do what God forbids, ever-increasing in offenses against both God and man. Hunger for power, wealth, and fleshly gratification flood the soul of unregenerate man. Expecting to find fulfillment, peace and love, satisfying his earthly lusts, he disregards the love of God. Like Newton, such a one comes to a point when he recognizes that his life has become wretched, unfulfilled, and void of love. The ever-raging storm of sin agitates and churns within the heart of man, forever abounding, forever swelling. But God, in His unimaginable love and mercy, hyperabounds (exceeds, going over and above) in grace. By sending His One and Only Son, Jesus, to live among men, He has made a way for wretched and miserable men to know His unconditional love, receive His pardon, and live in His favor. No longer does man have to partake of the ruins of sin, but he can live his life in the amazing, sweet grace of God.

We can best understand the grace of God in the midst of sin, suffering, and brokenness. Why is this true? Because where there is no sorrow, there is no reason to seek after God’s grace. When we recognize our need, He overflows with grace to rescue us, cleansing our hearts, empowering us to do great things. If, by His grace, God was able to use a handful of simple men to spread His Word throughout the corrupt Roman empire, driving out slavery and tyranny, who are we to say that He cannot use us in our broken world today? Oh, the grace of God, so rich, so free, so superabounding—so alive.

Are you in the midst of sin or suffering, or brokenness? Are you meeting with the grace of God? Are you trying to do good, but find yourself reverting into captivity? Where sin abounds, grace superabounds. If there was no sin to battle, Jesus, by His grace, could not be victorious over it. Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me.

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