God's work of grace begins at salvation.
How to get out of the mess
1. Accept God's grace (6-9)
God forgives us in spite of the fact that we don't deserve it.
Justified= “just as if I'd” never sinned.
When we've sinned in our Christian lives, accepting God's forgiveness sometimes becomes more difficult.
2. Celebrate God's grace -“rejoice” (vs. 2 and 11)
It may be because life is a mess that you come to understand how much God has done for you.
Just because you ruined yesterday doesn't mean that you have to have a miserable tomorrow.
3. Use God's grace (1, 3)
Perseverance teaches you- I can overcome anything through God's grace.
Character teaches you- through His grace, I can become the kind of person who doesn't make such foolish
Hope teaches you- through His grace, He's making me into a new person.
vs. 5- “Hope does not disappoint”