Sound familiar? Friend? Family? Person at church? Yourself?
The essence of Christianity is understanding who Jesus is, not the list of things to accomplish.
So why is our Theology different then our Practice?
I would say that most people that treasure Christ would vehemently oppose a works righteousness or a legalistic perspective on faith. Its about grace, its about faith its about trust. However it seems when something in our life happens that opposes our belief system we curl up and wallow in defeat. We no longer live in faith but measure ourselves against a paradigm of rules and a checklist of accomplishments.
I did this wrong…I messed up again…why do I keep doing this?
Our theology of faith collides with a paradigm of works. Where do you go from there?
Stop Feeling Guilty.
Romans 8:1. No condemnation. Do we believe that? You don’t need to be a better christian- instead develop a correct understanding of Jesus and as that develops it changes the way we live.
Experience more Grace.
Sometimes this seems so ambiguous. What does it mean to experience grace? Stop going to empty wells thinking that your going to find something there that isn’t. Stop looking at trials as punishment but as training. His love has no end. His knowledge has no limit. His care has no bound.
Where can you accept more grace in your life?
1. Amazing grace! How sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now am found; was blind, but now I see. 2. 'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, and grace my fears relieved; how precious did that grace appear the hour I first believed. 3. Through many dangers, toils, and snares, I have already come; 'tis grace hath brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home. 4. The Lord has promised good to me, his word my hope secures; he will my shield and portion be, as long as life endures. 5. Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail, and mortal life shall cease, I shall possess, within the veil, a life of joy and peace. 6. When we've been there ten thousand years, bright shining as the sun, we've no less days to sing God's praise than when we first begun.