This is yet another statement I didn’t understand for a long time. I always thought to myself “Well yea, I know He loves me!” Then I would do something, write something or say something and worry….should I have really said this or done that. As it turned out I didn’t know who I was in Christ because knowing who you are in Christ breeds confidence and courage.
The confidence of knowing who we are in Christ doesn’t mean He loves us only when we are right. Our confidence is in HIM and His love, not in our actions. It doesn’t mean con‐fidence that we’re always right. God knew what He was getting when He chose us. We don’t have to be “perfect”, just available.
So, now that I finally established “who” I was in Christ, not perfect but available knowing He would love me regardless of my failures, I was then led to this scripture 1 Cor. 8:9-13 “But beware lest somehow this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to those who are weak. For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating in an idol’s temple, will not the conscience of him who is weak be emboldened to eat those things offered to idols? And because of your knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died? But when you thus sin against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never again eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.”
The liberty we have in knowing who we are in Christ also brings a higher responsibility. We know His love and forgiveness but we also know the sacrifice made by Jesus. We now hold the responsibility of not exploiting God’s grace. Just because we know who we are in Christ and understand we will be forgiven when we fail does not give us the right to “flaunt” His grace in the presence of others. Yes, we are given grace freely and abundantly but it is only because of Jesus’ sacrifice. Showing off God’s grace and forgiveness without showing off the sacrifice made by Jesus can lead both believers and unbelievers to only knowing who they are in grace – not in Christ. The liberty of knowing God’s grace and forgiveness can mislead others if we are not responsible with what we have been given. God holds us accountable when we mislead His children. As a child of God we walk boldly in who we are in Christ, we are forgiven and reconciled with God but we know at what price that came – Jesus and the Cross. To sin against others is a sin against Christ. Therefore, we must consider how it affects others in every‐thing we do. We must give to them the same grace and forgiveness given to us and tell them by whom and from where it came, Jesus. Give His grace and preach your Jesus! –Donna Warren