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I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose.
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Living with another person has had a way of bringing out the worst in me. It’s like having the most intimate of accountability partners. One thing Austin makes sure I realize I need work on is the beloved “pre-rinse.” In my childhood home, pre-rinsing meant rinsing the dish until you can’t see anything before you put it in the dishwasher. However, Austin’s definition of pre-rinsing is rinsing until you can’t feel anything on the dish. And with our dinky little dishwasher, you can definitely tell the difference. I had no idea how many dishes I was keeping from being properly washed!
I am also becoming increasingly more aware of my sinful nature: my tendency to exaggerate, my desire to look perfect in front of others, my pride I mask via humility, the list goes on. However, through my study of Galatians 2 this week, Jesus has reminded me a few of His beautiful promises.
Our sinful nature can be quenched by the blood of Jesus.
This is particularly crazy because of the vastness of our sin. I mean think back to the ten commandments. The straight up most basic list of sins, and we can’t even go one day without breaking one of them. That’s not to mention the plethora of other sins the Bible lists. Even committing one of these trespasses is more than enough to separate us from God’s presence for eternity. I don’t know about y’all, but I have messed up enough this week to separate everybody from God…twice.
Yet when Jesus covers us with His blood, our sinful nature gets crucified with Him! Does that mean we will never sin again? Based on my daily disobedience, not even close. But His blood gives us the ability to quench our flesh through His power alone.
That brings us to my favorite thing ever.
He loves us enough to take on our sin through death.
Man. That gets me so hype. Austin is amazing. He is charming and kind and loves me as much as he possibly can. But that’s just it. His love is limited to this earth. He cannot possibly love me anywhere near as perfectly as God’s eternal love that saves us.
My husband will die one day. My mom will die one day. My dad, my sister, my grandparents, and all the people who love me most in this world. Moreover, they have only been able to love me as long as they have known me. Jesus has literally loved me since the beginning of time. Before He created this earth, before Adam ate the fruit, He knew He would love me and that I would turn my back on Him. Yet He still pursues me.
No amount of good works will earn me His grace.
His pursuit of me is just that. A pursuit. He does not stand still and wait for me to get my life together enough to come to Him. He left His throne to come to this place where He was mocked for 33 years. His Holy Spirit chases after our sinful souls and beckons us to accept His free gift of salvation. Praise God that I do not have to earn my way to Him because over and over I let Him down. Praise God that even in letting Him down, He grants me the ability to repent and seek to follow Him.
So while I am becoming more aware of my sin, I am also becoming more aware of His grace. I have been crucified with Christ, and He lives in me. He continually forgives my sin and teaches me to be more like Him. While I can never reach perfect sanctification, His blood granted by His love allows me to grow closer the only One who gave Himself up for me that I may live in Him.