“But where sin increased, grace increased all the more”
(Romans 5:20).

My extra-biblical reading does not follow any pattern, but
there is a lot of history in it. The history includes ancient and modern, Asian
and European, African and South American. Whenever or wherever history occurs,
it is a story of increasing sin. This would be depressing if it were not for
our assurance that grace increases all the more. A history book can glorify the
actions of men so the sin does not sound as bad. That, however, is only
sugar-coating the story. The real blessing is that God assures us that grace
is more abundant than sin.

In addition to reading history, I find another reminder of
the increase of sin. That is my daily contact with people who are in sin or
affected by the sin of others. Again, I am grateful for the over-abundance of
grace. It is this over-abundance of grace that gives us victory and triumph.

“But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in
triumph, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him
everywhere. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being
saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to
death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these
things? For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word; but as men of
sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ” (2
Corinthians 2:14-17).


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