Grace vs. Guilt

This week I’m doing two things.  First, I’m in the jury pool this week here in Spartanburg with a high likelihood of serving as a juror.  I wasn’t chosen today, but it was an interesting process.  Second, I’m working on the message for Ignite on Wednesday.  As we finish up our series on temptation we conclude this week by looking at God’s provision for forgiveness for our sin.  I think as the week goes along God’s got something he wants to teach me about grace and guilt.  Check out today’s devotional from our youth material from LifeWay’s Known curriculum 07.

The Civil War was one of the most devastating wars in the United States where over 500,000 people lost their lives.  The country was divided between North and South, and in the middle of the war, President Lincoln set forth the Emancipation Proclamation establishing that all slaves in the United States were free.  Some say that this single event marked the turning point of the Civil War.  Later, these events would lead to the creation of the 13th Amendment, changing the laws of the nation, and unifying a country.

Jesus also completely changed the playing rules.  Not with the laws of a country, but the laws that governed sin and death.  It was a turning point that gave us the hope of eternal life with Him.

Read Romans 8:1-4.  What makes it possible for us to experience no condemnation?

Have you already fallen into temptation?  Are there areas in your life where you have failed God? Do you still feel guilty? Where/why?

Guilty feelings or not, if you have genuinely turned back to Jesus, you are free.  It’s hard to believe that it is that simple, but it is.

Jesus changed the laws of sin and death not only to overcome temptation, but also to overcome the guilt of failure.  What Jesus did was the turning point for all humanity and yes, you.  Praise God!

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