August 18 The Measure of God’s Grace

Scripture reading: Romans 5:20–6:6

Key verse: Romans 6:6

Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.

Imagine the most beautiful waterfall you’ve ever seen. Now, in your mind, stand at its base and hold a thimble under the crashing water. This illustrates the measure of God’s grace in your life, covering your sin. You can no more contain a waterfall in a thimble than you can contain God’s love and forgiveness for you.

If you have accepted Christ as your Savior, then you have accepted His atoning work on the Cross. God set no limits on the effects of Jesus’ sacrifice, so why should you? If you are wracked with guilt over sin, whether it happened long ago or is ongoing, and you can’t seem to escape its snare, remember you cannot out-sin God’s grace.

While God will judge sin and will discipline a wayward believer, He also will forgive any transgression. And if you do it again tomorrow, He’ll forgive you. This is not a license to sin but an invitation to accept God’s grace humbly and repent into an obedient walk with Jesus.

The believer’s goal should be to greet God’s grace and forgiveness with genuine thanksgiving and contrition. We could never produce one achievement that would warrant our Lord’s grace, and we could never produce enough failures for Him to take it away.

When you hold that thimble under Christ’s Cross and catch one drop of His blood, you have enough.

I humbly accept Your grace, Lord. I revel in its sufficiency.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2002). Seeking His face (p. 241). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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