Definition of grace: unmerited love of God towards man.
Grace is such a wonderful gift to receive, there is nothing within us that deserves that grace and yet God is still willing to give it. Grace can be a hard gift to receive, as it is a gift that is not so common among humankind. We always expect to pay for our mistakes and we expect to be condemned as people remember our faults. God does not work like that, condemnation is not of God. There is conviction, which appeals to the conscience that what you are doing is not in line with God’s will. It is not to condemn but to correct. The beauty behind the grace of God is that he never leaves us nor forsakes us, God is consistently faithful through all our highs and lows.
What does the Bible say about grace?
(Hebrews 4:16) ‘Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.’ It is the use of the word confidence that amazes me, that we need not be ashamed but we simply need to come as we are. It also shows that grace has the power to help us through the tough times too.
(Romans 3:24) ‘And we are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is Christ Jesus’ This verse is the reminder that grace cannot be earned, that is not the way it works. That it is a gift that can only be given through Jesus and the sacrifice that he for all humankind.
2 Corinthians 12:9 ’But he said to me ”My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness”’ This is one of my key verses, God does not see weakness as a bad thing but rather in as something that he can work through. I do not have to fear that I am not good at everything but that what I am called to do, that God’s grace will be sufficient to get me through whatever is ahead of me.
How have I seen God’s grace in my life?
Honestly, this is on a daily basis. The fact that I can enjoy life. That the past does not have to determine who I am or where I will end up. I see God’s grace ultimately in his faithfulness, I can tell you about countless times I have tried to walk away from my faith. Being unwilling to listen or to wait. I can tell you about the times I have tired to do stuff in Jesus name without any heart. I have chosen to be so unfaithful time after time and yet God has not given up on me. Each time I chose to come back and chose to be faithful, God gives me his unconditional love. There is no condemnation or remembrance of the past, it is just the present that is focused on. There is so much truth in what is proclaimed in (Psalm 139:9-10) ‘If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, even there your hand will guide me, and your strength support me.’ There is nothing that surpasses God, he is all knowing. God has a hope and purpose for me as well as he does for you but only when there is a willingness to receive it. God is so willing for us to be known as his children. I think I can be so consumed by the world and its desires that I never allow myself to focus on what will give me purpose.
For this past week I have been on this journey on reconnecting with my faith and that is why I find grace such an incredible gift. I had lost myself in being consumed with regrets and what could have been. I guess I felt hard done by and I put the blame at God’s feet. I had been in this state for months and like I have just talked about God’s faithfulness, it led me to going back to church. To be honest I was not expecting a lot, but I began to feel at peace through the worship. Then it got to the sermon and it was about focusing on things above. Instead of focusing on the reality of the situation choosing to focus on that there is more, Jesus gives life and fulfilment. He talked about how faith in Jesus will allow you to keep on going and about remembering not to be conformed to the pattern of this world. This is truthfully the message I needed to hear, my mind had become so preoccupied with all this negative thinking that I was not thinking on the truth at all.
One other blessing, is that last Friday night the new Hillsong Y&F album was released, and I was amazed at the truth that it proclaimed. The first song I listened to helped to put everything into perspective. I will share some of the lyrics
And I’d been ‘round in circles
Living for the moment
I know I ran so far
Was acting kind of crazy
Coming up with empty
Felt like I had lost my heart
Now I’ve found a love that
Is clearer than the deep blue skies
It’s true you were right there
I can see it in the days gone by
Hillsong Y&F- Days gone by
These words just represented the past few months, trying to do life on my own and finding fulfilment through other means. I just did not feel fulfilled, I just felt empty and emotional. I am thankful for the truth that even through the roughest day, God was still working through each of them leading to the moment in which I would realise his love and his grace. It is still a work in progress at the moment, there are parts of me that want to rebel about this goodness because I am just not use to it but I know to go back to how I was living would not bring fulfilment.
Some of you may be thinking about how I could fall out of faith but still be writing blogs about God. I guess there was a willingness to try and believe the truths that I was writing. I wanted to help others but also, I think I was trying to work it out for myself too. I pray that God has still used those blogs to minister to people. In the next few months I want to be doing more authentic blogs that do come from the heart.
I pray that if you have been struggling for a very long time either in reconnecting with your faith or if you have no faith at all, that you would just be willing to open your heart to God’s grace and love. As it states in that song that God has been with you through all your days and has not given up on you. He loves you, you must be willing to receive that. Life does not get simpler just because you have a faith, it does give you a better hope and perspective. May you remember to focus on things above, that all we see now is not all that will be. Grace is a wonderful gift but do not take it for granted, learn to live in the freedom that Jesus gives. It states in 1Corithians 7:23 ‘You were bought at a price, do not become a slave of human beings.’ Human beings will only ever take because all they want to do is consume that is just the way life is. Learn to find your peace in a world that is so crazy. I know I began to find my joy and happiness when I put my faith back into action.
You are so loved and beautiful. May you have an incredible week, God bless.