A NEW NATURE
The grace of God is so important in our salvation because it is only by His grace that God can forgive us. We are in sin not only because of disobeying God's will but also because it is a part of our human nature. When we are born in this world, we are born in sin. Psalm 52:5 says, "Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me." We become sinners not because of what we have done but because of who we are as human beings. We can do nothing on our own to change our natural nature. Our good works are not enough to change us. It is like a chicken trying to change itself into a dog. It is impossible.
There are religions out there that believe that human beings are naturally born good. But this is not what the Bible teaches. Since we are born in sin, we are separated from Him and lost in sin. We cannot save ourselves from our sin, so God graciously provides a way for us to be saved through the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus. By genuinely believing in our Lord Jesus as our Lord and Savior, He gives us a new nature and begins to change our hearts to become more like Him.
2 Corinthians 5:17-19 says, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation."
God has given us a new life through God's grace by giving us a new nature. So let us live in our new life in God. Let us be thankful that God has given us freedom from sin and freedom to live in His righteousness.
Ask yourself these questions: Was I born in sin? If I was born in sin, how can I be saved? How should I live my life now since God has given me a new nature?
Write down all the worries that you are facing today and lift them up to God.
Father in heaven, thank you for your grace. I was helpless and hopeless to save myself from sin, but you graciously saved me through my Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you for giving me a new nature. Now that you have given me a new nature, please help me to live my life for you. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.