God’s Grace is ridiculous, absolutely ridiculous. God freely takes the sacrifice of Jesus as payment for your sin. No matter where you have walked, what you have done or what you have left undone, God’s Grace is big enough to cover your sin. Ridiculous!
What makes it seem even more ridiculous is that God fully knows you. He knows every single thing about you. From before you were born to every wonderful act and every sinful act or thought He knows you and He loves you. He loves you when you are good, He loves you when you are bad, He loves you, period.
Most of us have trouble loving others if they have hurt us, or if they have hurt others, even one time. Yet here is God, who fully knows ALL the sins we have committed, ALL the things He has asked us to do that we have left undone and yet He loves us. For audible confirmation of this love, listen to Known by Tauren Wells. That song seems to help me soak it the fact that God loves me and may help you as well. I often set it to repeat and sit in my backyard soaking in the sunrise or dusky sunset and let the words confirm God’s love for me in my spirit.
This blog is one in a journey of a Getting to Know God series. The names and attributes of God are adapted from a guide on the Navigators website called 30 Days of Praying the Names and Attributes of God. Today’s blog corresponds with Day 23 – God is Full of Grace.
Our Navigators’ Guide says this: “God is full of grace. Grace is God’s good pleasure that moves Him to grant merit where it is undeserved and to forgive debt that cannot be repaid.”
Our verses for today are:
Ephesians 1:5-8 (NLT)
God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.
AMEN, Praise God indeed for His Glorious Grace! God’s grace is offered to us at zero cost. In fact, there is no way we can repay God for this gift. By Grace, He has adopted us into His family and sees us as His Children, wow!
I have heard a good way to remember grace like this:
That is the key to grace, it comes from Christ’s sacrifice for us. We cannot do ANYTHING to earn it, it is completely undeserved and is only granted to us out of God’s unconditional love for us. In reading the bible verses referenced above we see that it gives God “GREAT PLEASURE” to offer us His grace. He loves us so much that He gave His one and only Son to die in our place so we would therefore be seen with Jesus’ righteousness and be able to come to God as a child to a father.
Focusing on God’s grace never ceases to amaze me. I know from my past that He offers grace to cover everything we have ever done, or ever will do. He has given me more grace to cover the depth of my sin than I can ever explain and for that I am, and will be, eternally grateful. Do not buy the lie of the enemy that there is anything from your past that is too far gone for God’s grace to cover it. I used to buy that lie but I have been freed and now know that God has forgiven ALL my sins. He not only forgives, He forgets and that allows me to draw closer to Him so He can heal the wounds created from the sin.
Be free to accept God’s grace and likewise be free to offer God’s grace. I think it can be difficult for us to offer God’s grace to others if we have not “been where they are” in life. By that I mean if you have struggled financially, you are more compassionate to those struggling with finances. In the same manner, if you have experienced and overcome abuse you have greater grace to offer those suffering from a similar issue today. Our human nature often attempts to block our acceptance of grace to ourselves and our offering of grace to others. However, lucky for us, God offers His grace freely to ALL of us and if we seek His help He will strengthen and enable us to accept that grace and offer His grace as well.
I encourage you to think on the greatness of God’s grace and sincerely ask yourself if you have accepted it. Then, walk with God through an exercise of acceptance or a moment of thankfulness based on where you find yourself. After that, I encourage you to sincerely look at your life and where you might be withholding grace from others. If you find yourself in those shoes, ask for God’s help and He will help you walk a path to offer the grace if and where it is needed.
Blessings and love,