It is real hard to put to words what grace is to me. Having been to church all of my youth years, I heard a lot of different things about grace, most of which were not shown to me in the light of the real world. That is why I feel frustrated in talking about grace because the words and phrases are a lot the same, only now when I talk about grace now it is a real living thing, Jesus Christ himself. First of all the definition of grace is beautiful… mercy is when your debt is paid, grace is when your debt is paid and you are given everything as well! As a child I thought that God was a God of justice holding the scales of sin and good and all I had to do was try to be good enough, if not I could march down to the front of the church at a service and “get right with God” What a miserable way to live, unsure, hoping you could attain, always wondering. This is the modern church’s method of keeping people captive to the lifeline of the church, the pastor tells everyone what to do and how to act, then you are a good christian. This is nothing more than man’s attempt at religion, not God’s. There are churches that are teaching grace, but for the most part, the pastors that I haves talked too have told me that, yes all of what you say is true, however you cannot teach that or people will just go out and sin all the time. So much for leaving the results of your work up to God, maybe we try too hard to get results to show that we are needed.
The true power and wonder of grace did not hit me until I looked into the face of Grace and realized that He loves me regardless of who or what I am and that our relationship does not depend on the things that I do, but what He has already done. Romans 8:1 says there is no condemnation to those that are in Christ Jesus. None whatsoever at all, because my sins are already paid for right on through the end of time! We are forgiven, no longer to be defeated or condemned by ourselves or any church. As Paul says in Romans, He has set you free for freedom’s sake. We are free to have a relationship with this eternal being that loves us so much, far more than we could ever imagine. That really makes me want to run out and just sin my life away, right, no just the opposite, it makes me fall in love with Him.
This blog is to express how much and how God loves us in a way that is touching and intimate with us. He wants to talk to us all the time. Just like the references in the New Testament to the church being the Bride of Christ, He is marrying us not to change us, but to have unconditional love for us! More to come!