Monday, 22 February 2016
U - Undeserved!
I think we as Christians work hard at forgiving others. I think we work hard at extending grace. I think we try to be Jesus to others as best we can. And yes, we fail. Often! Well, at least I know I fail often.
The thing though that I think is also true of a lot of us is we are very hard on ourselves. We find it hard to forgive ourselves, extend grace to ourselves! I know I do this. I am hard on myself because although I know we are to extend these gifts to others I consider myself not deserving of those same gifts. I am fully convinced that Jesus wants to forgive others, heal others and extend grace to others, I feel I need to suffer the consequences of my actions be it from over-eating, or saying something hurtful to any number of "wrongs".
The whole point about God's grace is it IS undeserved! It IS unmerited! I can do nothing to earn it! I can never reach the perfection that would expect it! It is wholly and completely undeserved and a gift given to us freely from the Lord.
Salvation is given to us through grace.
Sometimes the consequences are removed from us because of His grace.
No matter how I fail today, He extends grace.
No matter how imperfect I am, He extends grace.
Jesus gives us grace freely. In fact He looks for opportunities to extend to us His grace. I think we miss out on a lot of this awesome gift because we believe we do not deserve it. Well, we are right! We don't deserve it and that it why it is all the more overwhelming, all the more humbling!
Rom 3 vs 23-24: (23) Since all have sinned and continually fall short of the glory of God, (24) and are being justified [declared free of the guilt of sin, made acceptable to God, and granted eternal life] as a gift by His [precious, undeserved] grace, through the redemption [the payment for our sin] which is [provided] in Christ Jesus (bold italics mine)
I choose this day to accept the Lord's gift of grace in my life. I choose to accept that He loves me unreservedly and wants to bless me with this undeserved grace, just because He loves me.
Choose with me....