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God always will love us, but that doesn’t mean He ignores our sinfulness

No Other Gospel
Deserting – Part 3

Scripture Reading: Galatians 1:6-12

Key Verse: Galatians 1:6

I am shocked that you are turning away so soon from God, who called you to himself through the loving mercy of Christ. You are following a different way that pretends to be the Good News

There is a popular song out that indicates our sinful behavior doesn’t matter because of grace. Is that true? Does God, through Christ, not care any longer about how we act? I will repeat the Apostle Paul’s words to answer that question: God forbid! (Romans 6:15).

There are two extremes in our human behavior that can be considered “deserting the Gospel.” The first is trying to earn God’s love and forgiveness by our works. A works-based salvation is all about us, not Jesus; it’s about what we do, not what Jesus did! This extreme is seen in people who talk like all that matters to the “big guy upstairs” is that we do good things once in a while. They use phrases like, “I know I’m better than so and so.” They feel better about their relationship with God as long as they can show someone who does fewer good deeds than they do. This kind of gospel is not gospel at all—it is Pharisee-ism.

The other extreme that deserts the true Gospel is living like it doesn’t matter how we behave—we are covered by grace. This group believes that we all sin in word, thought, and deed every day, so the logical conclusion is: why try? Again, the Apostle Paul was disgusted with that thought and denounces it in Romans 6:11-16. (For further biblical proof, read 1 John 3:9).

Tomorrow’s devotional explains how we live a biblical lifestyle, but for now, determine to avoid these two extremes. (Continued)

Father, I receive your forgiveness as a gift—thank you! I will walk worthy of that gift today. In Jesus’ name, amen.