Most of you have probably heard the song “Amazing Grace.” The lyrics start out by saying, “Amazing grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now I’m found…was blind, but now I see.”
It’s a beautiful song, however, I have a problem with these lyrics…and it has to do with the phrase, “That saved a wretch like me.” That word wretch means, “someone who is miserable, someone who is worthless.”
So, in essense, this song is saying, “Amazing grace how sweet the sound that saved someone miserable and worthless like me.”
Miserable and worthless may have been who we were before we met Christ, but that’s not who we are if you given our life to Jesus.
2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
Have you ever heard someone say, “I’m a Christian murderer.” Or “I’m a Christian thief?” or “I’m a Christian…name a sin.”
You might be thinking, well, no, that’s kind of interesting. If you’re a murderer and you keep on killing, how can you really be a Christian. Or If you’re a thief and you have no intentions of stopping, how can you really be a Christian, yet, there are some areas that some Christians say this about.
As a Christian, when you gave your life to Jesus, He made you new. He placed the Holy Spirit on the inside of you and now you should desire to want to do better. Now, this doesn’t mean that we’re perfect, but it does mean that we want to do better. If we don’t, then my question is, are we really born again? Have we really made Jesus the Lord of our lives?
This also doesn’t mean that we’re going to change everything about us all at once because we gave our lives to Jesus. The Holy Spirit will work on us one thing at a time…and sometimes we don’t even realize something is a sin until God reveals it to us. That’s not what I’m talking about. What I’m talking about is embracing their sin, intentionally sinning and calling themselves a Christian.
In 1 Corinthians 5:11, Paul talks about how we need to be cautious about not hanging out with people who identify as a Christian, but yet are okay with embracing their sin.
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