As I did word searches to find the most-occurring words in the Bible, the word “Lord” came to the top. But I noticed the word “and” was mentioned even more times than “Lord”. After some searching, I found that the word “and” is not a word to skip over.
We who are Christian are likely familiar with Matthew 18. We especially remember Jesus’ words: “If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault.” We can get so caught up in “showing others their faults” that we miss Jesus’ point.
Who is in control? We humans were created to “rule over” (Genesis 1:27-31). So when we find the grace of God, we somehow start thinking “I can do this.” We start to be in control, marginalizing God to be our co-pilot.
Grace. What image comes to mind? Beauty? Charm? Elegance? Gentleness? What about boldness? Courageous?
Differences. Wouldn’t it be so great if we didn’t have any differences? How peaceful the world would be… if everyone would just think and act my way? Isn’t that how we think?
How do I view myself? Some say, “Be a wounded soldier”. Others say, “Be a noble man.” Some say, “Be a strong man.” Others say, “Be kind and mind your own business.”
Who is worthy? None beside Thee. The mountains shake before Him, the demons run and flee, at the mention of His name, King of Majesty!
Romans chapter 7 through 10 continue to expound on multiple themes like a Mozart symphony. The word “grace” next appears in chapter 11.
After speaking so highly of grace, Romans 6 immediately qualifies that grace. The grace of God does not lead to sinning any way we want. Grace is our new master in Jesus.