Bringing the Text to Life
AT A GLANCE:
God’s grace is not a gussied-up version of the “God knows I’m weak, and he will excuse me” rationalization. It’s the assurance that God has not moved away from us even though we’ve moved away from him. Prayer, fellowship, Scripture and worship are weapons to use against our flimsy justifications of sin, but in the end, salvation comes because God is the grace-giver and that overrides our permission-giving.
For material based on today’s gospel text, see “The Inviting God,” October 12, 2014.
Read this list of statements and think about what they have in common: