The Gift of God's Grace
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God’s grace is hard to grasp, but why. God gives it to us freely, we just have to receive it. The reason we often struggle with this is because, in most relationships, grace is often a reciprocal thing rather than a free gift.
The idea that the grace of God is free is mind boggling to many. People always say, “Nothing in this world is free.” The reason that grace is free is because Jesus gave everything and paid the ransom of dying for our sins so we didn't have to.
It is incredibly easy for us to point to someone whose sin seems outrageous and think “well I’m not as bad as her”. When we do that we are basing our “goodness” on other people’s lives, thus making us judges. The Bible speaks about pride so much and pride is right at the heart of judging. As soon as we start judging someone else, we've put myself in God’s role and we are sorely qualified for the position.
God is invitational, merciful and gracious
Everyone of us, is equally, in need of grace and the wonderful news is that God’s grace is sufficient. It’s enough for you, me, and enough for those that we feel might be irredeemable or undeserving. God doesn't say “clean your life up and come back when you've got it all together.” He says in Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Scripture lists other examples of God’s graciousness in Exodus 34:6-7, Nehemiah 9:12, Psalm 103:9-10, Psalm 145:8-9
He asks for repentance, no question there, but He welcomes all who seek him and ask to be forgiven. Is there someone on the fringes of your community, of your church, who is weary and burdened? You could be the one person who demonstrates a little of what God’s invitational love looks like? It’s could be as simple as smiling and saying hello. Maybe it is inviting them to sit with you in the service or chat afterwards or go for coffee.
When we can see sin for what it really is we can see ourselves as we truly are – an equal community, guilty in a variety of ways but redeemed under one grace. All have sinned, but His grace is enough if we humble ourselves and ask. Grace means that there is nothing we can do in order to make God loves more. Grace also means that there is nothing we could do to make God love us less God doesn't grade on a curve, thank Heaven for that!
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