Acts 15:10-11 – “Now, therefore, why are you putting God to the test by placing a yoke on the neck of the disciples that neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear? But we believe that we will be saved through the grace of our Lord Jesus, just as they will.”
This is Peter’s response when Paul and Barnabas go to Jerusalem to dissent with Jewish believers who were suggesting that Gentile converts must be circumcised. Peter is tells the Council that no one is able to keep the law. The way to salvation is by the grace of God to place your faith in Jesus and his resurrection to overcome death. This is the same grace offered to people from every tongue and tribe.
The law is to convict one of sin and can’t be kept for salvation. My salvation is by the grace of God when I place my faith and trust in the finished work of Jesus on the cross. There is nothing else I can add or no amount of works righteousness that can change my salvation. Only the blood of Jesus is able to wash away my sin. Jesus tells us all who are have laden that he is gentle and lowly and in him you will for rest. Jesus yoke is easy and his burden light. Therefore, I need not place any other restrictions on myself or others other than faith in Jesus to believe in my heart and confess with my mouth that he is my risen Savior and Lord of my life. I must remember, there is no sin nor any person that are too far gone from the saving grace of God. That is everyone’s greatest need to repent, be reconciled and have true restoration and healing in the name of Jesus.
Thank you for your love and grace in sending Jesus to pay for my sins so I can be repentant, be reconciled to know you and make you known. Let the Spirit guide me not to place any barriers to your grace on me or others but to reflect your love to glorify you.