Based in St. Cloud, Minnesota, Growing in Grace is a blog by Pastor Matthew Molesky. His posts explore the Bible, theology, ecclesiology, culture, books, family, and life.

Gospel-Living Tensions

The older I get, and the longer I walk this path with Jesus, the more I discover how much life is filled with Gospel tensions. Dane Ortlund recently gave expression to this, over at the Gospel Coalition:

I am a sinner. I sin. Not just in the past but in the present.

But in Christ I'm not a sinner but cleansed, whole. And as I step out into my day in soul-calm because of that free gift of cleansing, I find that actually, strangely, startlingly---I begin to live out practically what I already am positionally. I delight to love others. It takes effort and requires the sobering of suffering. But love cannot help but be kindled by gospel rest.

How can you possibly stiff-arm this? Repent of your small thoughts of God's love, your resistance to swallowing Christ's atoning work whole. Repent and let him love you.

The Temptation Of The Righteous

How Do I Dispel Wrong Desires?