You Are Better

Despite how God’s perfect grace is often portrayed by imperfect people, I want you to know that it doesn’t go away once you’re saved. He doesn’t show you His grace for salvation alone. There’s an endless supply of it!

When you get stuck in the works-based-salvation rut (which you can get stuck in pre-salvation and post-salvation, by the way), open up your Bible and see what God has to say about it. It’s true that the Bible contains God’s commands. But it’s not true that you must keep all of those commands to become (or stay) saved. Read the book of Romans if you don’t believe me. You’ll discover that He was, is, and will be better than we ever could be.

All I know is the commands,
The constraints,
And the charges.

All I see is the rituals,
The regulations,
And the rules.

All I see is the lectures,
The lessons,
And the laws.

I thought this would be good.
I thought I would feel free.
But all that I can feel
Is the weight upon me.

Be better.
Try harder.

I cannot do better,
Though I try and I try.
I just cannot improve,
So I cry and I cry.

I was saved by Your grace,
But is that enough?
I was saved by Your grace,
But the after is rough.

The life that You lived
Without one transgression
Has now given me life
So I won’t bear that burden.

You did better,
Tried harder,
So I didn’t
Need to.

I need grace for my faults
And mercy for my sins.
You provided it then,
And Your grace will still win.

Oh, I can try and try
Until I cry and cry.
Or, I can trust and trust
Until I learn Your love.

So now and forever,
You’ll show me You’re better.
You’re not leaving me now
And neither is Your grace.

But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, but it is the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus, whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in God’s merciful restraint He let the sins previously committed go unpunished; for the demonstration, that is, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. Where then is boasting? It has been excluded. By what kind of law? Of works? No, but by a law of faith. For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from works of the Law. Or is God the God of Jews only? Is He not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, since indeed God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith is one. Do we then nullify the Law through faith? Far from it! On the contrary, we establish the Law. (Romans 3:21-31 NASB)

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