Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Restraining grace

Paul Tripp has some very helpful-if rather challenging- things to say about the power of sin in our lives. Nobody likes talking about sin, whether we are a convinced atheist or an overly introspective Christian-or one of the many shades between. Nonetheless it's important to appreciate some of what the Bible teaches about it since it provides an essential backdrop to why we so very much need the Christian gospel of salvation. Don't let my jargon put you off, read on...

'sin is so pervasive and so comprehensive that it influences everything we do and everything we say...it causes us to place ourselves at the centre of our universe. Sin causes us to set up our own little kingdom of one, where our desire is the functional law of the land. And as little kings we want to co-opt the people around us into the service of our kingdom purposes.'

It's not a pretty picture but alas it's eminently verifiable in experience (or as the medical scientists say these days, it's evidence based!). Tripp goes on to say, 'every situation, location and relationship you're in every day is made livable and tolerable by his grace. Every day God keeps us from being as wicked as we have the potential to be.'

This is taken from his excellent book of 52 short chapters from Psalm 27.

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