Most of us have things in our past that we are not proud of. Failed relationships, secret sins, public mistakes. Weve messsed up more times than we’d like to admit.
And you know what, it’s not enough that we went through that situation once. No, we tend to beat ourselves up about it for years to come, reliving it over and over. (Tell me, why do we do that to ourselves??)
But you know what’s worse than remembering? Succumbing to that mistake again. And again. And again.
Are you with me here?
We begin to tell ourselves that there is just no point anymore. We’re always going to struggle, so why keep trying? We’re worthless. We’ll never be that great Christian. We’ll never be worthy. We’ll never beat this.
And you know what that does when we begin living in that state of mind?
- It rewires our brains to default to that toxic way of thinking.
- It causes us to see our life through the lense of self-pity and self-loathing.
- We lose sight of the needs of others.
- We inadvertently admit that we don’t believe Christ’s work on the cross was enough. (Because if we truly believed in the power of the cross, we would know that we CAN beat this – through Christ. His work caused sin to lose it’s power. It has no hold over you that you don’t give it.)
- We admit we don’t understand – or don’t believe – grace.
Grace isn’t ours because we deserve it. It doesn’t come once we get our act together. It isn’t the product of a righteous life.
Grace is ours because we are dirty, lowdown sinners. Grace comes when we are at our absolute lowest. Grace is the gift of God to an unworthy soul.
There is a song by the Kingsmen that is just beautiful and it so wonderfully describes grace. I have the chorus written out here, and the link to the whole song below. I hope you’ll listen to the words and really let it sink in. Let it bless you.
“Grace says, ‘Come and rest beside me.
I don’t have to be convinced,
That when you’ve given in to failure
You’ll try again.’
Grace says, ‘You cannot surprise me,
No matter what you do.
And when you least deserve me,’
Grace says, ‘I’ll be here for you.’”
Humbled. Amazed. Challenged.
(Listen to full song here. It will bless your heart.)
Tell me, how has grace played a part in your life?
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