Supposedly it takes more muscles to frown than it does to smile. While the saying has been around for quite some time, the numbers used to prove the conclusion vary with each story. In spite of the discrepancies, the basic premise is certainly true: itís more relaxing and pleasant to smile than frown. Yet lifeís dilemmas, downturns, and tragedies make it difficult to keep a smile on my face continuously. A restless night of sleep, a berating by the boss, or a child not satisfied with my parenting methods can prevent a smile from appearing on my face. Nor do I want my smile to be manufactured as the ones plastered on modelís faces often are. When I smile, I want it to reflect that I have an honest reason to smile.
Because of Godís grace, I can make my grace face the regular expression others see. You were dead because of your sinsÖThen God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. (Colossians 2:13-14 NLT)
Grace is Godís unmerited favor. I donít deserve it nor does anyone else. Worse still, I canít do anything to place God under obligation to me. Being good enough to receive his grace is utterly impossible. He merely dishes it out because of his mercy.
On Calvary, Christ died for sins, but not his. He became sin for me. My sin on him is what forced God the Father to momentarily turn away from him. Thatís also why I can put on the grace face. In Christ, Iím totally forgiven of all my sinsópast, present, and future. Worry flees because Iím no longer under Godís condemnation nor will I ever be. Focusing on whom I am now rather than who I once was or what I once did brings the smile. Godís grace makes living with joy in the present and future possible. Total forgiveness is mine.
Are you wearing a grace face? If not, you can. Simply accept Godís forgiveness and allow Christís resurrection power to flow in and through you.
Prayer: Thank You merciful Lord and Savior for dying for our sins, making it possible for us to put on the grace face. www.lovelinesfromgod.com
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