by Kerry Shook

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Killing Karma (1 of 5)
Series: Killing Karma – Replacing a life of Guilt with a Life of Grace
Pastor Kerry Shook

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• Galatians 6:7 (NKJV)

• Ephesians 2:3-9 (NIV)

Mercy – not receiving the punishment we deserve

Grace – receiving the blessings we don’t deserve

• Isaiah 43:18, 19 (NIV)


“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.” Vs. 18

“I will forgive their wickedness and remember their sins no more.”
Hebrews 8:12 (NIV)

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
Romans 8:1 (NIV)


Well, I am starting a new series this weekend with a very interesting title, Killing Karma. The word karma originated in ancient India, and it simply means action, work or deed. Now Hinduism and Buddhism in Eastern Mysticism use the word karma to describe one of their main tenants and the tenant is this: The present deeds and actions that you give out come back to influence your future. That is, good deeds contribute to good karma and future happiness. Bad deeds contribute to bad karma and future suffering. Now this principle or idea of karma is in all the world religions. You even find it in the Bible. Galatians 6:7 says,

“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked. For whatever a man sows that he will also reap”.

So, karma is real. It is what the Bible says is reaping what you sow. It is getting what you deserve. Whatever you put out in life is going to come back to you. The problem is every one of us is putting out simple actions. Every one of us has sinned. We all make mistakes. Nobody is perfect. Because of our sinful actions karma rightfully says we should get back punishment; but then enters grace, God’s grace that changes everything. My friend, Bill Hybels, interviewed Bono, the lead singer of U2 a while back; and Bono said something very powerful about karma and grace. He said the thing that keeps me on my knees is the difference between karma and grace. You see at the center of all religions is the idea of karma. You know what you put out comes back to you -- an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. Or in physics and physical laws every action is met by an equal or opposite one. It is clear to me that karma is at the very heart of the universe. I am absolutely sure of it, and yet along comes this idea called grace to upend all that. Grace defies reason and logic. Love interrupts the consequences of your actions. Bono went on to say, which in my case is very good news because I have done a lot of stupid stuff. I am holding out that Jesus took my sins onto the cross because I know who I am, and I hope I do not have to depend on my own religiosity. I am depending on grace.
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