1 Thessalonians 5:22–23
22 Abstain from every form of evil.
23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
In a time when grace is preached and taught as the primary and sometimes only focus of the Christian life, this teaching might not be popular. Yet, Paul, from whom we learn so much about the riches of the grace of God, takes a moment to tell us to abstain from every form of evil and to live sanctified and blameless lives until the coming of Jesus Christ.
Maybe you are not familiar with the “hyper grace” movement. The teaching of hyper grace is that since you are saved and kept by grace nothing you do in this life can take God’s grace from you, therefore, when you sin it doesn’t really matter, you are under grace. The hyper grace teaching downplays the need to avoid sinful actions and attitudes because we have been given grace for our whole lives. Let me say that Paul did not teach this.
Throughout the epistles, most of which Paul wrote, there are lists of thing to put on and lists of things to avoid. In fact, Paul wrote these words, “Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? May it never be!” Even though we are saved and kept by grace, the Lord Jesus would have us live lives apart from sin until He comes. Therefore, let us do all we can to avoid every sin in this life and then to live as sanctified, set apart for service, as we can in these bodies of our flesh. I know what sins of the flesh I need to avoid. What sins of the flesh are you avoiding? Avoid sin to be set apart, sanctified, for God’s service until Jesus returns.
We had a great day at Grace for Life this past Sunday. Thanks to all who come and make our church services Spirit-led. The joy of the Lord is with us as well as the Spirit of understanding as we open up God’s word together.
Rachel still has not had her baby. We have been keeping the kids while Rachel has been in labor since Friday. Pray for grace for her and for a healthy delivery of the baby in God’s time.
I will be in service this morning at 10:30 at Sunrise Assisted Living and appreciate your prayers for that service.
Have a great day in the Lord,