This morning Drew Steadman continued our All in All series with a message on living in freedom. We read through 2 Corinthians 2:1 – 3:18, and we took a look at how the church in Corinth responded to sin. They were flippant toward the grace of God because they didn’t fully understand that they were trapped in their sin. Many times we have the same mindset as the Corinthians; they didn’t realize they were stuck, and we don’t always realize it either. But because of Jesus, we are given the grace to be free of our sin.
IN ORDER TO FULLY UNDERSTAND GRACE, WE FIRST NEED TO UNDERSTAND THE WEIGHT OF SIN:
- Sin hurts others, but grace forgives // The enemy tells us that our sin doesn’t impact other people, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. We like to believe our sin is a personal issue we can manage, but in reality, our sin eventually leads to greater pain in our own lives and in the lives of others. It’s important to recognize that people are hurt by our sin, and there are consequences, sometimes that follow us the rest of our life. But there is also forgiveness. We first receive forgiveness from Jesus, and we then have the grace to ask for forgiveness from those we hurt.
- Sin always leads to death, but grace resurrects // The very nature of sin is death. Sin is to the soul what cancer is to the body. When someone is battling cancer, they are willing to do whatever it takes to rid the disease from their bodies. We need to view sin in the same way, because ultimately if we don’t kill sin, it will kill us. Jesus is not intimidated by the weight of sin in this world. In fact, He gives us victory over our sin and over death. When we surrender our lives to Jesus, we experience the rescue of God.
- We cannot fix our own sin, but grace transforms // There is nothing we can do to fix ourselves. Jesus knew we couldn’t overcome the weight of our sin, so He took it away. He also gave us His Spirit so we can live transformed. Knowledge of our victory isn’t enough; we need the grace of God to walk out in total freedom.
Once we recognize sin for what it is, we can move toward living a life of freedom. Sin is a big deal, but grace is a bigger deal. The grace of God is sufficient enough for us to live a life free of the weight of sin.
TAKE A LOOK AT THREE PRACTICAL WAYS TO APPLY THIS WEEK’S MESSAGE:
- Acknowledge sin and bring it into the light // The enemy wants us to keep our sin hidden, but confession and accountability bring us into freedom. If you are not connected to a Lifegroup, start there! It’s important to have community around you that can speak truth and hold you accountable.
- Cultivate a lifestyle of worship // Sin is a cheap substitute for the real joy we find in Jesus. Fixing our eyes on Jesus and getting in His presence gives us the grace to press into Him in the midst of our struggles.
- Read through 2 Corinthians with us // The Word of God overcomes how we feel. Follow along with our 2 Corinthians reading plan, and renew your mind with the truth every day. Download a copy of our reading plan here.