In our Bible class Sunday morning, a guy raised his hand. He wanted to share how much he remembers his mess-ups. How he wishes he had been different back then. How he wonders why he had been so stupid.
He wasn’t sharing it because he feels condemned.
Instead, he was rejoicing in how much he has been forgiven. He sees his past in light of his present and future. And he’s found grace. He’s found acceptance.
He’s found Jesus.
Each time he returned to the church after another failure, he was loved by the believers. So each time he returned, he felt more confident in God’s love. Amazing love. Amazing grace.
God took his condemnation and replaced it with grace. When grace is the gift, the receiver feels loved. And when the church delivers the gift, the glory goes to God.
Can you do this, church?
Can your church, my church, be the one that does what Jesus constantly does—shows grace? Aggressively forgives?
Can you and I—stewards of grace—be the ones that help someone accept more forgiveness, the more they’ve messed up? The more we’ve messed up?
We can—but only if we’ve received the gift to give away. Once we’ve traded in our own condemnation for the Lord’s grace, we’ll have bucket loads to pour on others.
...But sin didn't, and doesn't,
have a chance in competition with the aggressive forgiveness
we call grace.
When it's sin versus grace,
grace wins hands down.
Romans 5:20 (The Message)
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Have you been shown grace? Can you tell others where to get it?