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11 October – Transforming Grace

Rom 6:1  What then are we to say? Should we continue in sin in order that grace may abound? 2  By no means! How can we who died to sin go on living in it? 3  Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4  Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. 5  For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6  We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. 7  For whoever has died is freed from sin. 8  But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9  We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10  The death he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. 11  So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12  Therefore, do not let sin exercise dominion in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions. 13  No longer present your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and present your members to God as instruments of righteousness. 14  For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.

The Grace of God is a recurring theme in the teaching of St Paul. But while Paul insists that we are “saved by grace through faith”,[1] he is at pains to show that this is not a grace without consequences. The Grace of God is a transformative process that results in change: grace allows us to move from brokenness to healing, from instability to stability, from sin to righteousness.  God’s Grace does not confer instant perfection in a person’s life, but it is expected to help that person move away from sin.

Pray for the Grace of God to transform your life into a closer pattern of what God intended you to become.

Ordinary 24 / Pentecost +17

46 Beyond Forgiveness

The Scripture passage for the day is drawn from Reuben Job and Norman Shawchuck, A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and other Servants, (Nashville, The Upper Room 1983), 282.
This reflection is from my own devotional exercises for the day

[1][1] Ephesians Chapter 2

“To comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable” Finley Peter Dunne (1867–1936)