Grace Upon Grace

God’s been sticking a little word in my life a lot lately. I’m nowhere near understanding what it fully means and am still struggling with how to give it and receive it, but I figure that’s why it’s in my life so much in the first place, eh?

Grace.

That wonderful gift we’re given every day by our gracious God. The word that says, “you’re loved and forgiven despite what you’ve done and what you deserve.”

Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. – John 1:16 NIV

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I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time with this. Sin makes me grieve, whether it’s mine or not. It makes me scared with all of its dark shadows, the way it leaves scars and separates us from God.

For me, that translates to this all-consuming want and need to please God in every way. It begins to be performance-based, a check-list duty for me and others. I become so focused on the nitty gritty of my actions and the actions of others that I forget about that tiny little word that saves you and me.

Grace.

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. – Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV

And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace. – Romans 11:6 NIV

No judgement, only conviction. No condemnation, only love. We don’t strive for perfection, we strive for a Person. And then when we fail, we aren’t met with failure of a standard, we’re met with the forgiveness of a Savior.

There’s a difference between being scared of sin and hating it.

Being scared of it means we don’t believe in the grace we can receive. It means we don’t trust that God would love us enough to forgive us and love us regardless. Hasn’t He already proven His love on the cross?

I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing! – Galatians 2:21 NIV

Accept grace today, friends. Accept that, despite what you did yesterday or the day before, that He is still for you, still longing for your heart, still loving you, still the same. He’s not scared of your sin because He’s already conquered it.

And once you accept that grace for yourself, extend it to others. Don’t keep record of wrongs and choose forgiveness. We’re all in this journey together, so instead of counting the sins of others, let’s choose to be encouraging and loving. Should we be led to correct, let us do it with grace. That’s what Christ is for us.

Choose not to linger in the darkness that sin brings but to rest in Jesus, the one that soothes our souls.

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