I heard a great devo today.
Sometimes as a Christian I think it's easy to fall into a flow. Almost a church culture. When we become so immersed in a culture we can miss the fundamental elements of that culture. Sometimes we miss the basic understanding of God's love. We can begin to pride ourselves on the things we do or don't do. And we think that we can gain God's love this way.
When we talk about God's love and grace, we need to understand that his commandments and laws are good. They are there to protect us. However, we can not let good deeds replace the purpose of Jesus Christ.
Being good isn't good enough. The New Testament talks about if good deeds or works were all we needed to do, then Jesus' coming was unnecessary. If we only had to be good people, he would have never come.
Galations 2 talks about this. In verse 21 it says, "I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!” And in Hebrews 7 it talks about the commands/law can't make anything perfect. The only hope is Jesus Christ. He is the only one, the only way that we can draw close to God.
If your living this way, you're missing that Jesus loves you for who YOU ARE.
Being good is not good enough. Good deeds can not save us.
Our salvation, hope, and freedom can only be found in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Did you know that there is NOTHING we can do or not do that will ever separate us from his LOVE. God's love never fails.
None but Jesus will set us free.