It feels like we have talked about grace forever, but when talking about God’s grace, we could spend a lifetime on that subject. So the reality is, no matter what angle we come from, God’s grace will always be a part of the discussion.
Grace to me is like air; I need it to survive and for every day it’s given, it’s also a reminder of how unworthy I am as the recipient.
Why are we so loved by God? How can He still love us after all we’ve done? Can we really trust Him to love us always? These are some of the questions that often run through my mind. There are times when I understand grace conceptually, but there are times when I have a hard time coming to terms with this phenomenal truth.
1 Corinthians 6:9-11 says:
“Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.”
I failed God. I was a “such were some of you” and I’m sure you were too. But we’ve been justified, not by our strength, reputation, career, money or connections. We were sanctified and justified in the name of Jesus and by God’s Spirit. Our past is not strong enough to hold us back; our grace journey starts when we are able to accept this truth.
Are you like me and wonder how someone with my past starts a grace journey? Not to mention where to start. Here’s what Psalms 25:8-10 says:
“Good and upright is the Lord;
Therefore, He teaches sinners in the way.
The humble He guides in justice,
And the humble He teaches His way.
All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth,
To such as keep His covenant and His testimonies.”
There you have it Grace sister! God has not left any work unfinished, including you. There is a determined path of mercy and truth laid out just for you.
So our prayer is simply that God will open the eyes of your heart that you are able to see Him clearly and that your commitment to keeping God’s covenant will be strengthened daily. When we say, “your past does not determine your future,” we truly believe what we are saying.
You have been Remade by Grace.