What are you still struggling with? My struggle is with an ingrained perspective change, one that I lived by for years and that I have now learned wasn’t right.
Growing up Roman Catholic, I was taught that I would get into heaven based on my good works. Now I realize that according to the Bible, I have it wrong. The more I study and learn, the more I’m seeing that my understanding was wrong, very wrong. Not sure how it happened, but it did.
Romans 9 Verse 31-32
But that Israel who pursued a law that would lead to righteousness did not succeed in reaching that law. 32 Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as if it were based on works. They have stumbled over the stumbling stone.
I was living to try to do good works so that I would be accepted, rather than by what I’m learning to be true. I see now that it is the opposite. Once I had accepted God, I was trusted. Therefore, I should do good works as a sign of appreciation and thankfulness.
It is still sinking in and getting clearer. I thought that I had to earn my way into heaven, but what I’m understanding is that I am accepted, and I do good works because of that.
Part of why I’m writing this is to deepen my own understanding. Did you ever struggle with understanding that one?
Thank you, God, for Grace, Truth, Love, and Laughter,
P.S. Thank you, especially, for grace.
(Reminder, this is just a journal of my mistakes, experiences, and thoughts along my journey to having a closer relationship to God. I do not claim to be an authority on the subject. If you want to know The Way, read The Bible.)
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