So I came across this from Eugene O’Neill and it started me thinking…imagine that!!
“Man is born broken. He lives by mending. The grace of God is glue” How simple yet profoundly true. Why is it that this notion of God’s love coming to us free of charge, no “strings attached” seems to go against all of our human instincts? The eight fold path of Buddism, the Hindu karma, Jewish covenant and the Muslim code of law all offer a pathway to EARN approval. Christianity is the only path that dares to make the love of God unconditional.
I think Jesus knew we would have a problem with grace. He talked about it very often in describing the world covered in God’s grace as a place where the sun shines on everyone regardless of good or bad and birds can gather seeds to eat without plowing or harvest. Jesus saw grace everywhere yet he never tried to define or analyze it. I can only find one place where He ever used the word in speaking to the apostle Paul’s “thorn in the flesh” 2 Cor 12:9
“My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”
I’m thinking that’s all He really needed to say on the subject. Think about the prodigal son, grace does for you what you cannot do for yourself. We are sons (or daughters) by BIRTH, never by worth. We will never be worthy…that’s a word reserved for the only one that is worthy, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. I can work, I can worship, I can worry, I can pray and read my Bible but that will never make me worthy. Think about it…the prodigal son never even made it home, daddy brought home to him!!! All he did was turn around and head back in the direction of home. He was given the best robe, the imputed righteousness that can only come thru the Fathers grace.
Be strong in that grace, we have no need (or right) to apologize for something we never earned. Trying to earn that grace will only cripple the plan and purpose God has for you. EMBRACE THE GRACE!!!! We are who we are only by the grace of God, and we will only ever become what He intends for us to become by that same grace.
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Wow…. That’s so good Pastor Mike!! #embracethegrace love that!