The Sin of All Sins, The Product of Religion and Legalism
"The sin underneath all our sins is to trust the lie of the serpent that we cannot trust the love and grace of Christ and must take matters into our own hands."
When we turn our awestruck and wonder-filled gaze from the rays of divine grace and peer yet again, even if for a moment, introspectively searching out the level of our commitment and devotion to Him, we begin to slip and slide out of that grace (Gal 5:4). The voice of religion intimidates our hearts to feel guilt concerning the pathetic and inconsistent nature of our commitment to Him, while it is the voice of Grace that invites us to rest in His unflinching devotion to us.
It is truly a subtle and most destructive sin, self-righteousness, and it will capture us unless we work to remain at rest in His kindness towards us (Heb 4:8-11). How easily we seem forget that what we have received in Him is a free gift (Rom3:23-25). Gifts are not paid back, they come without strings, and are a physical representation of another's generosity and graciousness. To attempt to pay back the giver is to void the gift (Rom 4:4-5).
A verse to consider for the day, let us meditate on it considering the heart that this amazing gift has come from and return our eyes to the splendor of His affection!
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a sacrifice by his blood, to be received by faith.