Sin, Redemption, and Grace – My Tuesday Three

This is week two of “My Tuesday Three,” and I am so excited about what I’ve found for this week. As I determined to find three separate but related posts, I was blessed to have God lead me to the perfect three for this week. They all touch on the themes of sin, redemption, and grace, but from different perspectives. I am pleased to share these posts with all of you, and hope you are as blessed by the message of hope that they bring as I was.

The first post I want to showcase is titled Saddened by My Fallenness by Pastor Bryan Lowe over at Broken Believers. I’ve been reading Bryan’s blog for quite some time, and he has a wonderful ministry for Christians struggling with mental illness, though his posts are equally uplifting for all Christians. This particular post really spoke to me in its brutal honesty. From the first paragraph Bryan revealed such truth about what I have come to know about myself without God:

Scripture never flatters the human heart.  It acts on us directly, “dividing the spirit from the soul.”  I find no glowing review of our common humanity, nothing leads me to draw any other conclusion.  At our deepest essence, we are depraved, separated from truth and goodness.

He goes on to explain that it is those who recognize and mourn their own sinful and depraved heart whom Christ came to save and whom God comforts and heals. We must never think that we are completely cured of our depravity, but must continually turn to God for strength and healing. Bryan concludes with a wonderful quote from Martin Luther, but you’ll have to go check out the post to read it.

The second post that I want to showcase is titled The Good Shepherd: Tending a Blemished Flock by Chris Yeager at Chris Yeager Writes Blog. I found Chris’ blog because he submitted a poem to Idylls for the King, the Christian literary blog I contribute to. I read a few of his posts, which were all wonderful. But this one in particular struck me as one I wanted to include in My Tuesday Three because it fit so well with Bryan’s post, and then the third post I found later fit wonderfully, too. This post also includes the cutest picture of his young daughter and a story of her getting in trouble and locking herself in the bathroom that perfectly illustrates our relationship with God when we sin and don’t know how we will ever be able to make it right. Chris writes:

It is very easy for us to lock ourselves away from God and fear what He will think of us if we open up the door.  Our sin or disobedience can seem so great that we would rather try to hide it away and hope that He will ignore us.  But God is a seeker…He is a good shepherd who finds His sheep wherever they may try to lose themselves. He is the healer and redeemer, cleansing us of our blemishes so we can stand before Him unashamed. 

It is when we know we have done wrong, and that we can’t do anything to make it better on our own, that we must turn to God for redemption. God knows our depraved hearts, and yet He loves us enough to send His only Son to die for our sins so that we could be redeemed.

The third post that I want to showcase is titled Abraham and David: Saved By Grace by Loren at Answers From The Book. I’ve been reading Loren’s blog for some time, and always learn something new. His posts are well supported by scripture and always encouraging. This post rounds out My Tuesday Three by reminding us of how we, depraved as we are, can nonetheless be justified before God through His grace. He starts with the Old Testament stories of Abraham and David that Paul points to in Romans 4. Neither Abraham nor David was perfect, but both were justified by faith in God. Loren points out that both of these men were perfect examples to cite to the Jews Paul was writing to, because no Jew would have argued that either was not justified before God.

But what did David claim was the basis for his Justification before God? Certainly not works or strict adherence to the Law. David had committed murder and adultery (2 Samuel, Chapter 11). Yet in Psalm 32 . . . he described the blessed man not as the one who was without sin, nor the one who had worked to earn God’s favor, but the one whose iniquities were forgiven and whose sins were covered.

In spite of our depraved heart and the sins we commit, we can be justified before God because of His abounding grace; because Jesus has forgiven and covered our sins. Our salvation is a gift from God and He alone is glorified when we are saved by grace alone.

Taken together, these three posts tell the whole story. Mankind is depraved and sinful by nature, and though we think we can hide from God or try to repay our own debt, the truth is that our redemption is only available because of the grace of God offered to those who recognize their sinful condition and need for a savior, and choose to rely in faith on Jesus Christ.

I know I cannot save myself, and neither can you. But God loves us anyway and has made a way for us to be redeemed through faith. Do you understand the wickedness of your own heart? Have you tried to hide from God or turned to Him for redemption and healing? Are you trying to earn your own salvation or do you know the joy of being justified by grace alone? I pray that, if you don’t yet know the grace of God, you will read these three wonderful posts and that the Holy Spirit will grant you understanding of the awesome truths they reveal.

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13 responses to “Sin, Redemption, and Grace – My Tuesday Three

  1. Thanks, Linda, I think this is such a wonderful thing you are doing 🙂
    I am grateful for the gracious review you gave my own post, but I also appreciate how you have tied in three different related posts that give three perspectives on similar themes. It blesses me to catch these glimpses of the “big picture” that God is speaking through the unity of the Spirit 🙂

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    • Loren, Thank you for such a nice comment. I’m just happy that God is now using my rant of two weeks ago for His glory, and am so excited about what He will draw me to for each week’s post. I doubt that without the leading of the Holy Spirit I would have been able to tie these three posts together so well. In truth, I believe He did the tying before any of them were even written, and then showed me the connection. Peace, Linda

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  2. I cannot tell you how much this post blessed me. The are the foundational truths that I believe, but for some reason forget that they apply to all believers and not just me…especially the depraved part. For some reason the enemy is still sometimes able to trick me with the lie that my sins are uglier than everyone else’s.

    I was just about to go and have some time in prayer, and saw the link to this post on facebook. I am so glad I read it. It reminds me of the words to one of the verses to one of my favorite hymns:

    “I love to tell the story; ’tis pleasant to repeat
    What seems, each time I tell it, more wonderfully sweet.
    I love to tell the story, for some have never heard
    The message of salvation from God’s own holy Word.”

    Linda, thank you so much writing this post.

    God bless you,
    Theresa

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  3. I know these guys! ha! Chris’s is a little newer to me and I haven’t read that post, so will go . .. yippee!
    Thank you and God bless you, Linda. You are doing such a wonderful thing here on Tuesdays. Love it. Love you. 🙂

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  4. Thank you, Linda, for the kind review. I hope the post is encouraging to your readers.
    Blessings,
    Chris

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    • Chris, You’re welcome. I think I will have that photo of your daughter in my mind for a long time, and hopefully it will remind me to always be willing to open the door and let God in. Peace, Linda

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  5. Linda,
    What a fantastic new format! I think it will float. Also, thanks for your kind words.

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    • Bryan, Thank you. I am excited about this new Tuesday theme and looking forward to all the wonderful Christian blogs and posts God leads me to share. Also, thanks for adding me to your blogroll. Peace, Linda

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  6. Ann

    Thanks, Linda
    I have been looking forward. 🙂
    Off I go!
    Blessings,
    ann

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