At church this morning, we sang the hymn, "Grace Greater than Our Sin". According to the hymn, God's grace is greater than our sin.
author of the hymn probably meant that God's grace is sufficient to
forgive any sin that we have committed (well, except for the sin of
blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, though the hymn does not mention
that), provided that one believes in Christ and accepts Christ's
sacrifice on the cross. But are there other ways to see grace as more
powerful than sin? Could grace be more powerful than sin because God
accepts us and favors us, regardless of the depth of our depravity?
Could grace be more powerful than sin in the sense that God's grace can
outshine and overcome the darkness that is within us? Could sin be more
powerful than sin in that it can reverse the effects of sin for all of
humanity? I doubt that the author of the hymn herself was a
universalist, for she was a Presbyterian, and one line of the hymn says
that "Sin and despair, like the sea waves cold, threaten the soul with
infinite loss", which seems to imply hell. But I can sympathize with
the universalist sentiment that the effects of God's grace should be
greater than (or at least equal to) the effects of human sin. If sin
brought condemnation and moral corruption to all of humanity, why can't
grace bring forgiveness and spiritual transformation to all of humanity,
even if the effects of grace are not experienced immediately in the
life of every single human being? Is grace more powerful than sin, or
And is grace more powerful than sin
when it comes to my view of others? What takes up most of the space in
my mind? Is it bitterness, resentment, and judgmentalism? Or is it a
recognition and acceptance of God's unconditional love for me, and an
appreciation of the fact that others are people of value in their own
right and make mistakes just like everyone who is in the process of
growing up? I have to admit that, so often, the negative takes up more
space in my mind.
Am I dying?
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