It would be erroneous on the part of any one to think even in the slightest form that the intention of sin is to merely lead you down the path of fulfilling one’s own desires and pleasures. As a matter of fact,the intended effects of partnering with sin on a daily basis is so catastrophic at the end, the beginning of it may not clearly be seen or noticed.The practice of sin for the believer or anyone alike is not a life worth embracing wholeheartedly.I liken it to a small seed that has the inherent nature within it to mature and gravitate towards becoming enormous tree even though it’s potential is often not conspicuous at the onset.
At the full blossoming of this seed,it then becomes a fortified and unmovable tree which may sometimes take much effort and time to fully eradicate.I have come to greatly appreciate Gods mercies so much particularly because the moment I began to see that the mercy and the grace of God in the life of a mortal man is not merely an antedote to sin or iniquity neither is it just what we obtain after we have fallen short. Gods mercy and grace is the very system by which everyone of us is preserved in the first place. We are kept under God’s righteousness by His mercy. We don’t need to always fall into sin before we discover we need mercy! Mercy and grace is what keeps the child of God from sin.
I take a lot of inspiration from the Apostle Paul largely from the fact that Paul was one who understood the implicative nature of Gods grace and mercy largely due to his own encounter story with Jesus when he was an ardent persecutor of the church. Paul knew clearly without any shadow of doubt that if we were to rate the intensity of sin in the life of every individual on earth he would probably come on top as the chiefest of all sinners. He makes this vivid description in 1Timothy 1:15. He goes on in the next verse to emphasize that this mercy that he had received had the ability to transform him and to finally make him an example that other people could follow and use as a template.
As a matter of fact, Paul again in 1 Corinthians 15:10 begins to reiterate that everything he became was by Gods grace and that this sane grave empowered him to labour or to do what he was called to do without fail. That is what grace does. It helps us to do exactly what God has called us to do and to do it accurately. Gods Grace helps us to become what God desires for us to become including living victoriously above the bondage of sin.
That’s how much power grace has. Gods mercy is not merely a 911 response unit where we only need when we are deep into sin. It’s the very ability that keeps us from sin. We are admonished in Hebrews to come boldly before the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy in our time of need.
You would know by now that every throne has a king or chieftain or however you would call it in your culture. In our case, the one who sits on that throne is Jesus Christ Himself. The dispenser of all graces. As long as we are domiciled in this mortal flesh we will always be in need of this grace and mercy. It’s this very power and ability that keeps us from becoming wandering slaves to sin and its demands on our souls.
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