“I do not at all understand the mystery of grace – only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us.” – Anne Lamott
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But thanks be to God that, although you were once slaves of sin, you have become obedient from the heart to the pattern of teaching to which you were entrusted.
St. Paul says a lot in a few words.
Earlier in this passage he says that “sin is not to have any power of you, since you are not under the law but under grace” (6:14).
It is grace that transforms us, not the law.
We can follow all kinds of rules, and the rules are important when we are immature and like children.
But once we have a foundation set by laws, we certainly need something more or we become harsh and judgmental critics.
We almost have to suffer some sort of fall, perhaps a huge moral failure, but instead of receiving punishment – we receive love and forgiveness.
We have to experience grace.
This is the way of God.
Then Paul asks the question many have asked: “Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? Of course not!” (6:15)
It’s not like getting a free pass so we can now do whatever we feel like to satisfy any whim of our egos – because our hearts have been changed!
When our hearts are transformed by the Unconditional Love of God, there is no room for deceitful actions.
You will want to be “obedient from the heart to the pattern of teaching to which you were entrusted.”
We will no longer act out of fear of breaking a law, but out of the joy of sharing the love we were gratuitously given.
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