Today’s Bible reading
Romans 6:1-2 — What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?
More thoughts for meditation
In the story of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32) Jesus describes how a younger son gets his inheritance from his father and goes off to squander it. He eventually came home disgraced and desperate. The father came running to meet him on the road to welcome and restore him with undeserved honor. Imagine the story continuing a few years later to include the son plotting to do it all again, banking on the same response from his father. Should we go on sinning so that grace can multiply? No, grace changes us. Once we have received the forgiveness and grace of God, we are changed people. Even when we continue to struggle against sin, it is not as the people we used to be. God’s grace has already embraced us and we cannot forget it. As children of God, we each have a story to tell about our belovedness that is not based on an ability to earn it.
Suggestions for action
Have you told that story to yourself recently? How is it that God’s grace and restoration are at work in your life? Make a list of the graces you receive today. Note even the small things that restore you. Picture yourself as the one who is embraced in the painting above and thank God for the grace you receive.
John Wesley has influenced us so much! Remember his death today and learn about his legacy at Celebrating Our Transhistorical Body.