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Grace Amnesia

Posted on Jul 03 , 2014 in Grace

Grace Amnesia

© By Brad L Hodges

2 Peter 1:5-9

5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.

An article in ‘livescience’* describes short-term memory loss as follows:
“When a person experiences short-term memory loss, he or she can remember incidents from 20 years ago but is fuzzy on the details of things that happened 20 minutes prior.

There are a number of causes of short-term memory loss, some which are a result of medical conditions and others that are related to injuries or other outside influences.

A lack of oxygen to the brain can affect short-term memory. Alcohol and drug abuse, concussions and other trauma to the head can impact short-term memory. Medical conditions such as seizures, epilepsy, heart bypass surgery and depression can also impact short-term memory. One of the first signs of dementia is short-term memory loss.”

If we are believers in Jesus Christ we can sometimes experience a form of spiritual short-term memory loss. This occurs when we forget that the Grace of Christ, given to us freely when we accept Jesus as our personal savior, is forever, regardless if we temporarily lose sight of that fact when we stumble and fall as humans.

Christians so often get caught up in the legalism of formal religion that they fail to remember the fact the grace granted all of us when Christ died on the cross wiped the slate clean of the legalistic pandering.

Dictionary.com describes legalism from a theology standpoint as this:

Theology
a. the doctrine that salvation is gained through good works.
b. the judging of conduct in terms of adherence to precise laws.

Here is a quick memory refresher about the Grace of Christ:

Salvation is only gained by accepting Jesus Christ as your personal savior and not by good works, period. Once you accept Christ His Grace sets you free and when you abide in Him everything else, including doing good works, follows. Good works are not the means to the end; Salvation, but naturally derive from salvation. Big difference.

Regardless of your sins; past, present or future your conduct is irrelevant and Christ threw the book of precise laws as relates to “organized religion” out the window on the cross.

These two things along with the qualities listed in the opening Bible passages are all one needs to recollect to avoid Grace Amnesia.

You cannot move forward in your Christian life if you are held back from past sin and mistakes. Since Christ forgave you once on the cross it is forever. He doesn’t keep going back on the cross to die for our sins whenever we make mistakes and sin. Once was enough for all, and accepting Christ and His Grace is the end all, of our sin.

This does not mean you have a free ticket to sin but as a believer you are forgiven of all your sin regardless and then the Holy Spirit who lives inside you helps you move past it by guiding you to live a productive Christian life. The Holy Spirits path is always forward and never back because He continues to remind us that Grace wiped out our past, present and future mistakes.

The Holy Spirit is the cure for Grace Amnesia and the Counselor for our trek in Grace. Learning to listen to His voice and abiding in Christ is the only way to stay effectively reminded of the freedom granted by Grace in all circumstances of your life.

John 10:27-28

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.

* Source livescience.com article “What is Short-Term Memory Loss?”
By Kim Ann Zimmermann, LiveScience Contributor | January 28, 2014 01:42am ET http://bit.ly/1yZjCG0


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