Friday, August 29th, 2014
One of the marvelous things about being in an atmosphere of grace is that we don’t have to walk around on eggshells worrying about offending someone or getting someone uptight with you. I am sure we have all known people who create anything but an atmosphere of grace and the whole time we are around them we are watching our Ps and Qs to be sure we perform just right. It isn’t long before that kind of relationship gets to be a drag and we don’t want to be around that person.
This often becomes one of the major factors in marital problems. One of the partners has the other on such a performance-based relationship that if the other one doesn’t always come across as the model mate they really let them know that they have been displeased. Instead of freeing the offensive partner to become the ideal mate, it simply tightens him up worrying about whether he has just done something wrong or not. It definitely isn’t an atmosphere of grace.
With God we don’t have to walk around on eggshells because we have a standing in grace with Him and He just doesn’t get bugged with us when we fail to perform the way He might want.
You see, our acceptance with Him is based on one key factor only: we are in His Son and His Son’s Righteousness is in us.
That is what it means to be “accepted in the beloved” Eph 1:6. Jesus is the Beloved and since I am with Him and He is in me, I am accepted by the Father in the same way He is.
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