” For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
Free Grace! Come and get your grace! It seems as though it is too good to be true. Don’t we have to do something to earn grace? It’s hard to believe that this grace that God gives is free, and that we don’t have to perform anything to receive the grace. Is this really how it is? I am loved enough to simply believe and accept grace. Acceptance is all that I have to do to receive grace? Accepting grace is a test in faith and a test in trusting God. Do we trust God enough to accept his grace and believe that grace is going to work wonders our life? Do we trust him enough to put our faith in believing that “this thing” called grace is going to be substantial for a better life?
Many people have spoken about accepting grace and accepting what God has in store for them. This day in age we are performance based and there is usually an outcome that must come from our efforts, if our efforts are to ever count for anything. Well, thank goodness that Jesus does not give to us the way the world gives to us. The world will only give us something if we put some effort into it. With Jesus, this method would never work because all that we perform and give would never amount to enough. Thus, we accept Grace and we trust that God’s grace is sufficient for us. Many people can become performance based with God. I know that I have struggled with this. I feel as though I have to perform in order for me to be good enough to get to the point where I can finally feel comfortable with accepting grace. However, this is not the way that God wants the acceptance of his grace to work. If it’s hard for you to accept God’s grace without feeling as though you have to do some “make-up” work, then ask yourself; why?
Jesus wants us to accept his Grace so that our faith does not fail us. We will fail several times, however it’s important that our faith as believers does not fail. Every day, something comes up that will try and steal your joy and rob you of your faith and trust in God. Take heart, because God is in control of everything.
“The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made” Psalm 145: 8-9.
Grace should not depend on suffering, however where there has been great suffering, there may be either a greater struggle to accept grace or a greater hope in grace. If you are struggling with accepting grace, please ask yourself why. Self-reflection is not easy, however it’s essential for wholeness and healing. One cannot accept grace where bitterness and anger resides. If grace is given, then I pray that we understand how to accept it for ourselves. (John 3:17).