Do You Embrace Grace?
Many of us don’t truly embrace God’s Grace. It’s a gift we don’t deserve. A gift that God gives us when we accept Jesus Christ into our lives. We read in Ephesians 2:8, "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” Do you know the difference between God’s mercy and God’s grace? Mercy is when God protects us when we make mistakes and we don’t get what we deserve. Grace is unmerited favor. The prodigal son from the Bible returned to his family after deserting them and squandering his fortune. It was a second chance. That’s God’s mercy. Then he received royal clothing and a feast! That’s God’s grace…blessings He gifts us with.
2 Reasons We Don’t Embrace Grace
We Are Dwelling On the Past
The enemy would love nothing more than to keep all our mistakes in the forefront of our minds. The troubling thing is we allow it. There are so many negative thoughts that control our minds, that the last thing we think about is God’s grace. Sometimes it’s guilt that is attached to something a long time ago. When I was 15, I was date raped. I became pregnant and was coerced into having an abortion. I was just a child. But I still think about it and carry shame about the abortion and felt that somehow it was my fault. I think it was so traumatic that it still creeps into my mind and I remember it vividly even 40 years later. God’s Word says, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” ~ Romans 3:23-24. By God’s grace I am forgiven.
We Don’t Love Ourselves Enough
Sometimes dwelling on the past leads to us being unkind to ourselves. We focus on all the things we don’t like about ourselves. We feel like we don’t deserve God’s grace. We compare ourselves to others. We think other people are more spiritual than we are. We can’t stop thinking about our mistakes. We feel like we are damaged goods because of something that happened to us. We have low self-esteem or our suffering from untreated depression and anxiety. This week I lost a friend who took her own life. I am broken-hearted and burdened deeply by this. She was a Christian. I can’t help but wonder, why didn’t she love herself enough? What was so devastating that her only perceived choice was to do that. It makes me sad deep in my heart.
How Do We Embrace Grace?
First stop habitually sinning. Maybe you are tempted by your attraction to someone who is not your husband. Perhaps you self-medicate or drink too much. Maybe you have bitterness and unforgiveness in your heart. Time to clean house and ask God what needs to change and ask God for His divine help. Clear out anything that would grieve God. This is the first step. Next saturate yourself with the Word of God. God will reveal so many things to you through his Word. Also give yourself a break and realize you are a daughter of the King. Take time to talk to God and be silent and listen. Engage in worship to bring you closer to God. And love others as He loves us. We read in 1 Peter 1:2, "Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.” Embrace His Grace. You will never be the same.
"But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you,
for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I
will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses,
so that Christ’s power may rest on me."
~ 2 Corinthians 12:9