Weekly bulletin article by Mike Johnson

“I feel like I am losing you!” Those are the desperate words of someone who believes the love of their lives is slipping away. Things just don’t seem to be going very well. Furthermore, there have been those dreaded discussions. The words are still ringing, “I think we are moving too fast. I wonder if we need to date other people in order to see if what we have is solid.” Translation: “I want to break up!”

Those are not easy words to hear. In fairness, they are not easy words to say either. But, they must be said. That is the feeling in the air. It is not fun to live with these feelings and even less enjoyable to experience the breakup that may be coming. Most everyone has experienced this or something similar. So, you know what it feels like.

Now, do you ever feel that the grace of God is slipping away from you? Does it seem that God is not as close to you as He once was? Or, more accurately, do you feel that you are not as close to Him? I am not asking if you still believe in the free gift of the grace of God. I only wonder if you are so disappointed in yourself that you cannot imagine the grace of God covering you.

It is possible to fall away from the grace of God. “You have become estranged from Christ you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.” (Galatians 5:4) Paul told these people, who had come out of a law system under Moses, that they were sacrificing the grace of God if they went back into that or any other system built on observing laws in order to be right.

Since no one can be good enough to save himself, it is obvious that we need the grace of God to accomplish that. The proper understanding of the grace of God is to accept that we are only saved by the grace of God, but we are not saved by the grace of God only.