What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done? Have you kept it a deep dark secret?
“God would surely have known it, for he knows the secrets of every heart.” (Psalm 44:21)
Do you feel like your life is shattered into pieces because of the choices you’ve made? Or because of the choices someone close to you has made? Everything you’ve done in your life is salvageable. There’s nothing in your life that’s not redeemable by God.
Divine favor, getting what you don’t deserve…Grace.
Grace costs the giver everything and costs the receiver nothing at all.
What’s the worst thing that has ever happened to you? Have you kept it a deep dark secret? “For everything that is hidden will eventually be brought into the open, and every secret will be brought to light.” (Mark 4:22)
Are you convinced God will have nothing to do with you? No scrubbing of the soul is possible and even if it were, squeaky clean isn’t clean enough to make you acceptable to God.
Did you know that God gives His grace generously? (James 4:6a)
You are only able to receive God’s grace to the degree you are willing to. What’s holding you back? Fear. Shame. Guilt.
Grace is not something that is stored up for future use. God gives just enough grace for each day. If you believe and embrace grace on a day-to-day basis then you won’t have trouble believing there will be sufficient grace for the future.
I’ve been forced to take a fresh look at grace. “I am suffering and in pain…” (Psalm 69:29a)
Relapse. Slight improvement in my pain level followed by a sudden increase in pain.
There are areas in my life that God has given me the grace to embrace and accept.
-Pain sticks around like we’re old friends. I assure you we’re not. It’s there in the morning when I get up and with me when I go to bed. God’s grace has enabled me to respond to my day-to-day life in a God honoring way (most of the time).
-The nights are painful, long, and lonely. “O Lord, God of my salvation, I cry out to you by day. I come to you by night.” (Psalm 88:1) God’s unlimited favor sustains me.
-Pain interferes with my memory, my ability to focus and concentrate. God’s grace keeps me from becoming overly frustrated with how my brain is affected by pain.
I lost my ability to read for three years. I worked hard and by God’s grace I’m able to read again, although it’s slow. Most of what I have memorized in Scripture is gone. It grieves me to know that year’s of studying God’s Word is on some mental hard drive waiting to be retrieved.
-Pain drains me of physical and emotional energy. I would love to be more active, but for now my mantra is “move more!”
I have realized that I take God’s grace for granted. Most days I’m unaware of it and ungrateful for it.
I’m hopeful that 2018 will be a year filled with changes! What about you?
So friends, and faithful readers, “May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.” Philippians 1:2