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....

God bless
Tracy

10 comments:

  1. Yes, Tracy, you hit the nail on the head for me. Forgiving others is easy peasy compared to forgiving myself. So glad I am not alone in this. Have come to the conclusion that I too need to address this issue and change my vision in this matter.

    This morning God moved me to text a friend- and because of that text she recalled an important appointment she has forgotten about.

    Your Blog has 'jogged my memory' - so again He has been active in my life today- listening to my inner voice AND finding my way to your blog.
    Awesome

    Blessing in abundance for you Tracy

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    1. Hi Anita, the Lord is so gracious and patient with us.

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  2. Tracy you are so right. We are hardest on ourselves - us Christians.

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    1. HI Deborah, i know right?! But we need to extend ourselves grace and accept the Lord's grace too

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  3. The beauty of this knowledge is that we can abandon all our efforts at "self salvation" and rest in His grace, knowing that whatever acts of righteousness we perform can be done out of love, not out of compulsion or fear. Good words to ponder on a Monday morning. Thank you.

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    1. Hi Michele, you have hit the nail on the head, rest in His grace. I am trying to learn that lately :)
      God bless

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  4. I spent a lot of time once in my life feeling guilty over a very misguided decision. I confessed, I repented, I asked God for His forgiveness. But, I couldn't accept it. I couldn't get past how guilty I felt. I finally realized that I was treating MY judgment of myself as more important than God's grace. That was an eye-opener!!

    Yes, His grace is undeserved, and we are unworthy to earn it. But, He deems us eminently worthwhile, and worth His sacrifice to purchase salvation for us!

    WOW.

    GOD BLESS!

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    1. Hi Sharon, I think it is definitely a process. One long in the making with me. Trying to rest in His grace lately. God is so good in that He opens our eyes to these things when we are able to see.

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  5. Tracy, The truth of His grace is ever beyond our capacity to imagine and yet the truest and greatest gift we will ever receive despite the enemy's desire to whisper lies to mute the Lord's truth. Thanks so much! Visiting today as your neighbor at What Joy is Mine Linkup!

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    1. Hi Pam, it most certainly is a gift and one I am only beginning to recognise in its power and mercy, our great God is bountiful in grace towards us. God bless

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