“If you feel like God has impossible standards, you are right. The amazing grace of God is that He fulfilled His own standards on your behalf through the perfect and completed work of the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. "
Ruth Chou Simons is the author of "When striving ceases". This Christian writer looks back on her adolescence lived in legalism, but especially on her revelation of "the astonishing grace of God".
Ruth's parents became Christians when she was a child. She explains that they were then doing "their best to lead their families in this new faith which they did not fully understand."
So if Ruth was having a bad day at school, her mom would ask her if she had spent time with God.
“Back then, it was his natural tendency to view God as a deity who bestows a favor when we followed the rules or behaved correctly, refusing the favor when we didn't. "
Ruth grew up believing that divine blessings depended on these "quiet times." Her days fluctuated between confidence, when Ruth had taken time to meditate, pray, and fear of a difficult day, when it had not.
“It's exhausting trying to avoid punishment with good behavior. This is where legalism takes you. "
Today, she knows that "the magic is not in the words of a song of praise, of a short reading, of a memorized verse and of a prayer".
“I do not ensure a carefree or conflict-free day (or life) by timing the time spent in studying the Word. "
Ruth looks back on her questions at the time.
“But how do we go from obligation to pleasure, from legalism to love? And if legalism is so bad and ineffective, why has God given us His law or His rules in the first place? "
And she found her answer in “the amazing grace of God”.
“God's righteous demands on his people could never be met by their own efforts and only served to remind them how much they needed a Savior. The Law led them to understand their need for redemptive grace. In other words, if you feel like God has impossible standards, you are right. The amazing grace of God is that He fulfilled His own standards on your behalf through the perfect and completed work of the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. "
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