It’s not Black, White, or Gray, it's Grace. When defining moral boundaries, somethings seem to be clearly right, and other things are y wrong. While other things seem ambiguous, we like to throw these situations in this gray area and let our conscious decisions. In our opinion, we begin to rank our thoughts and actions on the morality scale. Today I am here to clarify that there is no gray area, what is wrong is wrong, and what right is right. There is no in-between. God has clear boundaries, and most times, they are set not only by action or situation, but the intentions of one’s heart classify it.
We can tie ourselves in knots trying to control an outcome or our image. Or we can walk in the freedom that God gives us through His grace. We are not to sin and throw caution to the wind. That would not be very reasonable. Taking that attitude towards life because of God’s boundless grace places us in line for consequences and discipline. What I am encouraging is that we see the beauty of God’s grace. Nothing is ever just black or white as some suggest, and nor is there a gray area. Right is right, wrong is wrong, and it is all cover by grace. Our lives are covered by grace. If it is wasn’t, we would never measure-up on the godliness scale.
We can because of grace. We do not live in a black, white, or gray area, it is all a grace area.
We measure up because of who we are in Christ and what He has placed in us. We can walk in the light of God because of His grace; we can wander in the darkness and not die in it because of His grace. We can walk in integrity after slipping up, because of the grace He has given us to repent and correct our behavior. He graces us the desire and the ability to do His will (Philippians 2:13).
We are not expected to be without fault, but we are called to grow and be dedicated and faithful. We are given grace and forgiveness because of our likeness to mess up. Matthew 5:48 says “But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.” God has called us to the perfecting process. While here on this earth, we are to grow, transform, and become complete in Him. Perfection doesn’t mean we do everything right. Perfection is the end goal of the process of life, wherein God transforms and guides us in every season of our lives.
Paul said in Philippians 3:12, “I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me.” We should press toward the mark so with diligence and dedication, enjoying the gifts of freedom and joy, Christ gave us in the process. We are blessed so that we can enjoy the calling on our lives and our relationship with Him. Our mandate of righteousness does not call for us to discard and sacrifice the other blessings God has given us. We must pray for wisdom and look to walk in grace, not legalism or lasciviousness (wanton, lustful behavior).
Father, help me see the beauty of Your grace and value what it means in my life. Give me the desire and ability to do Your will, Lord. Please help me not to box myself in with expectations and restrictions. Guide me in Your wisdom on how to live this life freely, loving, and honoring You. Keep me from taking Your grace for granted, taking my focus off of honoring and loving you. According to Your timetable and Your purpose, let me look to You trusting that You will guide me in the right way and encourage me toward perfection.
Exercise your walk-in grace today. Ask God to empower you to walk through the day pleasing Him. When you falter, rejoice in the fact you can repent and have a forgiving and compassionate God who only wants to encourage you to be your best self in Him.
“God’s law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful grace became more abundant.”
Romans 5:20 (NLT)