Originally posted November 19, 2015

Romans 6:14 — For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.

Titus 2:11 — For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people

Have you ever listened to an entire symphony?  Thought of all its parts, how intricate and complex it is.  Then considered the work that went into writing it; each note carefully selected, the melody and harmony to form this work of art.

What if you tried to compose a symphony without the ability to hear any of it?  The thought of doing so is ridiculous. That was exactly what Ludwig von Beethoven did. Beethoven is considered by many to be the greatest composer of music in history, and he was almost completely deaf when he wrote his Ninth Symphony, perhaps his greatest piece.  Beethoven did not allow the bonds of his handicap get in the way of his achieving greatness.

Much like the Apostle Paul who suffered an infirmity that was apparently debilitating.  Paul relied on Jesus for his strength and endurance.

2 Corinthians 12:9 … But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Like Paul, we also should lean on Jesus for our strength in the toughest times.  He overcame death and the grave to set us free from the bondage of sin.  He is more than capable of helping us in the day to day struggles we have.  Whether it is sickness, heartache, addiction, financial worries …. We need to carry all of our troubles to the cross and place them at His feet.

Like Beethoven, who had a God given gift to compose, we have a God given gift of grace.

Ephesians 2:8-9 — For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Romans 11:6 — But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace.

James 4:6 — But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

Romans 3:24 — You are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus

Our part is simply to accept the grace, through Jesus sacrifice and turn from the sin that caused humanity’s separation from God. Then once we have accepted Salvation through Jesus, we must share this incredible gift with as many people as possible.

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