A Letter to a Father about Grace

Before I begin this letter, let me first say I know. I know how it feels to find yourself going through a repetitive cycle of bad habits. Habits that you promised yourself that you would never let happen again. The promise to not smoke, drink, have sex, cuss, lie, steal, cheat or whatever it is that you said that you would never do but you end up doing it anyway. A close friend once told me “Santha you’re too hard on yourself” and my response would be no I’m not, I need to do this, and I need to do that, and I have to discipline myself. When I would mess up or sin, I would feel so sad and terrible at times, and I would express my feelings to my friend, and the response was if it makes you think that way then you shouldn’t do it. Simple right. I am writing this letter because I found the answer to my problem, I found the truth.
In the book of Ephesians Chapter 2 verse 8 it reads: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” The first thing you must believe is that your salvation is a beautiful gift from God it is nothing that you have done right or going to do right that saves it is a gift that God has freely given to us. Secondly, you must know once you give your life to God and become a believer, you are no longer living under the laws that were established during the time of Moses. No one can keep all of those laws let me show you. In Galatians Chapter 2 verse 16 it reads: “know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified.” This verse lets us know that no one would be justified under the law because there is no way possible for anyone on earth to keep all of the requirements.
The most important thing that I wish for you to understand is I’m not condoning bad habits, bad behavior or sin but I am hoping that you receive, believe and accept the Grace that’s been given to us from God under the new covenant. The New Covenant that we now live under today is found in the book of Hebrews Chapter 8 verses 7-13, and it reads:
“For if there had been nothing wrong with that first covenant, no place would have been sought for another.
But God found fault with the people and said: “The days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah.
It will not be like the covenant I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they did not remain faithful to my covenant, and I turned away from them, declares the Lord.
This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.
No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest.
For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”
By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear.”
In this new covenant we have the laws in our minds and written on our hearts. When you do something wrong you automatically know that it is wrong without someone even telling you that it is wrong. The intuition of knowing what is right or wrong is proof that the laws are in your mind and heart.
I am going to let you in on something good. The purpose of the Law was to expose sin and to let the people know that they needed a savior. Also the Law was to be in effect until the seed or Jesus the Christ came. Allow me to show you this in the bible. In the book of Galatians chapter 3 verse 19 it reads: “Why, then, was the law given at all? It was added because of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise referred had come. The law was given through angels and entrusted to a mediator.” Another verse that explains the purpose of the law is in Romans chapter 5 verse 20. “The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” This verse lets me know that grace always outweigh sin.
As a believer in Jesus Christ, you must know that you no longer live under the law but grace. You must know the Laws that were written in the Old Testament or during the time of Moses were written to reveal sin. One verse that confirms this is in Romans chapter 7 verse 7, and it reads: “What shall we say, then? Is the law sinful? Certainly not! Nevertheless, I would not have known what sin was had it not been for the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.”
Now allow me to be transparent here for just a moment. I was recently going through something, and it had me down. I’m talking filled with so much grief and doubt. I did what any Christian would do I decided to myself that I would pray and ask God to help me. In my prayer time, I remember crying, thinking and asking God If I could show them my heart towards them and to help them see the love I have for them. The answer didn’t come immediately after I prayed. The answer came the next day. I was reminded of the request I made to God. The request to show them my heart towards them, but then I heard a voice that said but if you could only see my heart towards you.
I write this Letter to you because I want you to see Gods heart toward you. I write this letter because I want you to walk in freedom. This new found freedom that I have found in Christ. This freedom that I am referring to is found in the book of Galatians Chapter 4 verses 1-6 and it reads: “Now I say, that the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; but is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world. But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.”
The freedom that I have found is in God’s grace. As a believer, we have no business living under the law. Our business is grace. I must admit I didn’t fully know this grace because I always believed in the law, not the grace that was given to me when I accepted Jesus Christ as Lord of my life. I know that this letter is full of scripture, but it is God’s desire for you to be free. When you live under grace you operate with grace. You are not so consumed of what people think of you. You have no concern if someone forgives you or not when you ask for it. You will no longer be concerned about how others treat you, but you operate in God’s grace when you interact with them. In other words, it doesn’t matter how they treat you, but it matters how you react to them. The thing you must do to receive this grace as a believer is to believe and receive it. You must know that God has already died for your past, present and future sins. Romans chapter 4 verse 8 says “Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.” In other words, this verse is saying God will not charge your sins to your account the account is already paid in full. As believers we not only live under grace but we also have the Holy Spirit in us teaching us and giving us the desire to want to do right. I have to show you this in the bible it is found in Philippians chapter 2 verse 13 “for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” God is working in you by the power of the Holy Spirit giving you the desire and power to do what pleases him. Also, In the book of 1 Corinthians chapter 2 verses 9-13 and it reads “However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” the things God has prepared for those who love him these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way, no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words.” What I have learned in all of this is God’s grace is sufficient, and to become the woman that God originally intended me to be I must fully grab on to grace and allow the Holy Spirit to shape and mold me even in my mistakes. I also learned that I will not overcome anything in my own strength because I am not the source of my success. God is the source of my success. Finally, it was the Holy Spirit that led me to this beautiful revelation of God’s grace. I have a few questions. Will you join me? Don’t you want to be free?

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