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Only a sinner

May 4, 2018

The other evening, while grading papers, I was listening to southern gospel music and this came up: Only a Sinner Saved by Grace

And the song reminded me of these verses:

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9).

That is just amazing, isn’t it?

We each know how rotten we are, even though we can put on a good front to others. We each know the sins we’ve done, or thought of.

And we have a concept of a holy God who expects more from us. But there’s nothing we can do to change our condition, or to change God’s mind that we really aren’t that bad.

The only way is God’s grace. We have nothing to bring, but our filthy sinful life, and God can’t even look at sin. But God’s grace demonstrated to us through the death of His Son, Jesus, on the cross, makes it possible for me to be in a relationship with an eternal, holy God.

I’m not perfect. I still sin. I still disappoint my heavenly Father.

I’m a sinner, but I’m saved by grace.

And I can sing that song – at least in my head – all day long, reminding myself of that truth. Regardless of what people might say. Regardless of the temptations that come my way. Regardless of the doubt that Satan sends my way.

I’m just a sinner, saved by grace.

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