Do our lives trample on grace?

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Is it just me or is the common Christian strategy for living life now: “Be as much like the world to show the world that Christianity is not about rules and regulations but a relationship with God”? Which in my observation ends up being, “I can do whatever I want as long as I say I am a Christian, kind of stand up for Christian things and marvel at the wonder of grace.”

And while I wholeheartedly agree that true Christianity is not about rules and regulations, is it not true that all healthy relationships have boundaries? And if that is so I fear that many who call themselves Christians live like there are no boundaries in their relationships as Christians with God and others.

Paul when talking at the end of Romans 5 about how the law made sin “increase” but as sin increased so grace increased then goes on to say in Romans 6: 1 – 4, “What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”

If we are saved by grace our relationship with God and people will be characterized by the boundaries of “new life” grace living found in the Bible and made possible by the power of the Holy Spirit. Which amongst other things will mean that we will be concerned to live:

  • Differently from the world in a way that will make us look a bit out – 1 Peter 2: 11 – 12
  • A holy life – 1 Peter 1: 13 – 16
  • Loving other Christians deeply from the heart – 1 Peter 1: 22
  • As law-abiding citizens – 1 Peter 2: 13 – 17
  • As good employees even if your employers are not that great – 1 Peter 2: 18 – 19
  • As godly husbands and wives – 1 Peter 3: 1 – 7
  • Not holding grudges or “getting back” at people – 1 Peter 3: 9 – 12
  • Ready to tell as many people the gospel as possible – 1 Peter 3: 15
  • With love but at an appropriate distance from sinful stuff that those who are not yet Christians plunge themselves into – 1 Peter 4: 1 – 6
  • Hospitably without grumbling – 1 Peter 4: 9
  • Serving in and through the Church – 1 Peter 4: 10 – 11
  • Willing to suffer for Christ because you are living the above – 1 Peter 4: 12 – 14
  • Humbly not arrogantly especially to people older than you – 1 Peter 5: 5 – 6
  • Without anxiety about all this – 1 Peter 5: 7
  • Self-controlled and firm in the faith – 1 Peter 5: 8 – 9

I suspect we all need to rethink our “Christian” ways of living, understanding that the way we show the world grace is not to trampling on it by living self-centered, world-like lives but by living within the Biblical boundaries of the freedom we have in Christ!


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