Under Law, Under Grace

{warning…this post is cheesy, bare with me…}


I love how the Message communicates the message of Romans 6:

“Could it be any clearer? Our old way of life was nailed to the cross with Christ, a decisive end to that sin-miserable life—no longer at sin’s every beck and call! What we believe is this: If we get included in Christ’s sin-conquering death, we also get included in his life-saving resurrection. We know that when Jesus was raised from the dead it was a signal of the end of death-as-the-end. Never again will death have the last word. When Jesus died, he took sin down with him, but alive he brings God down to us. From now on, think of it this way: Sin speaks a dead language that means nothing to you; God speaks your mother tongue, and you hang on every word. You are dead to sin and alive to God. That’s what Jesus did.

That means you must not give sin a vote in the way you conduct your lives. Don’t give it the time of day. Don’t even run little errands that are connected with that old way of life. Throw yourselves wholeheartedly and full-time—remember, you’ve been raised from the dead!—into God’s way of doing things. Sin can’t tell you how to live. After all, you’re not living under that old tyranny any longer. You’re living in the freedom of God.”

Grace and law. We are no longer under the law, but we have the freedom of life in Christ. We have Grace.

{cue cheesy music} We have member of our family who daily reminds us of Grace. I wish that were me, but sadly it’s not. She loves us unconditionally, and she forgives freely. She has no grand expectation of us {except for food and water, I guess}, and she is everyone’s bff–best feline friend.

My kids had their own reasons for naming our cat Gracie, but I had mine. I knew how prone we are to make rules, live under the law, and communicate conditional love. I wanted a daily reminder that we live under Grace, not under the law. I wanted our home to be a place of Grace. And it is. A place of Gracie. {as some days she seems to rule the roost}

I can’t pretend to know everything about God’s grace, but I will say that I am learning more about it. More about what that means for myself and what it means to extend to others. I am learning that grace is a gift that begins and ends with Jesus. And it sings freedom.

:: Tomorrow ::

Romans 6:17-18

Click here for earlier posts on Romans Reboot:

Invitation & Confession

Week 1: A Ruined RighteousnessThe Gospel of God...A Hidden GloryLoved by GodThe Righteousness of GodAccording to His WorksThe Praise of God

Week 2: But Now GodMeet Me InUpholding the LawExpecting a BlessingA Blessing to the Whole EarthCounted as RighteousWeek 2 Recap

Week 3: Standing in GraceWeakness & WrathReconciled & ReigningOn One Man’s ObedienceIdentity & Remembering