Are You Sinking in Legalism?

“Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? No, but by the law of faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law.”

Romans 3:27-28

Ponder This

The denial of grace is legalism. Many Christians are prone to legalism. One person might preach Jesus Christ and Him crucified, a message that calls people to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved, that you are saved by grace through faith alone. But it does not take long for someone else to come to that new believer with a lot of rules, rituals, and laws to follow. If a new believer is insecure in the liberty he or she has in Jesus, that person will go back into the playpen of legalism because it is easier.

Don’t let anybody make a legalist out of you. You are not saved by keeping laws or by ritual. You’re not saved by anything other than the grace of God. A person who tries to be saved or sanctified by rules is like a person trying to get out of quicksand. The more he struggles, the more he sinks. Ten thousand rules will not make you one bit more like Jesus.

  • When have you focused more on following legalistic rules than on the grace of God?
  • How have you extended God’s grace to others recently?

Practice This

Make a list of the differences between legalism and grace. Do you approach people with legalism or grace? What needs to change?

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