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The Concept of Grace

Written by d116v. Posted in Thoughts

God of grace.

A term often mentioned in Christianity. The concept of grace in Christianity cannot be compared with any other religions on earth; the free and unmerited favor of God. We can’t earn it, it is given out of love, and we receive it only on one condition: that we believe Christ Jesus to be our Lord and savior, and that His death had to take place as a sacrifice to sanctify us. By grace we are set apart for a greater purpose. In today’s world, especially the western world, the concept of grace has completely overthrown the law. People are more fond of the idea of being saved by grace, than the idea of being able to please God by striving live a holy lifestyle.

To metaphorically describe the concept of the law and grace, we should look at one of the human senses: vision. When the human eye looks at something, only a small area of what we look at is clear. The rest however, the peripheral, is hazy and vague. Without one of these, it would be hard to figure out what we were actually looking at. Our peripheral vision helps us estimate depth. The law does the same, it shows us how far we are actually removed from God if it wasn’t for grace. Without the law, grace would not be needed, because we wouldn’t be able to even roughly estimate how perfect and Holy God actually is. Without grace however, God would not be able to use us because of the fact that His Holy eyes would then only see our imperfection, and filth. Grace is the lens God is looking through when He looks at us. It is truly awe-inspiring to see that God gives us a way to realize how incredibly unworthy we are, yet provided a sacrifice that sanctified us; the imprisoned set free by the omnipotent. When Christ cried out “It is finished,” He did not mean his life was over; He simply meant the law was finally fulfilled, and the gift of grace had been made available to all of humanity: A relationship with Him for both Jew and Gentile.

Grace allows us to not only get back up after we fall, but to stand with holy confidence and a clean conscience. God doesn’t want us to stay the way we are when we first come to Him. In both the Old and the New Testament it says, “Be Holy, for I am Holy.” God would not say this if it weren’t actually possible to live a holy lifestyle. As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. Our sins of yesterday, today, and tomorrow have all been wiped away. This should not make us indifferent about the choices we make, instead it should encourage us to live a holy lifestyle. Grace is our life-vest. It should instill in us a sense of eternal security, and it should motivate and equip us to change the world, and to continue to follow the Master.

Hunted by Love

Written by d116v. Posted in Thoughts

All knowing, ever faithful. All powerful, ever compassionate.

Last week during a prayer meeting I shared about Psalms 23 in the light of my recent trip to an orphanage in Thailand. It’s crazy how God can totally revolutionize the way you read a well known chapter like this after experiencing His love in a different country, on a different continent, in a different culture. My hope is through this to also revolutionize your way of reading this chapter, and through that revolutionize the way you know God thinks about you. Probably the most popular verse in this chapter is “ Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me “. For a long time this verse was one of my favorite verses in the bible. Why? Because at the time and season, when I walked through a valley of the shadow of death, this verse gave me strength. Looking back now, I see that during that time of suffering, God was still with me, and He had me right where He wanted me.

However, at this current season, my favorite verse in this chapter is the last one. “Surely love and goodness will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever”
When David wrote this, for the word we translated into “Follow” he actually used a hunting term.
If you see where i’m getting at, you could say this verse could also be read as “Surely love and goodness will hunt me all the days of my life..” God is hunting us down, in the most positive way you could ever imagine. He is chasing us down with His love and goodness. Every second of the day, every moment of the night, He’s watching us. Never with His eyes shut; lovesick with insomnia. Every single movement we make He knows in advance, and he responds to it with His love and goodness. We’re being hunted by love, and chased down with Goodness. Sure, often it doesn’t feel like it. We still live in a broken and fallen world, and Satan does still have power.. for now. But God is in control. And He will always be.
Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ.
Let’s be confident in this promise, and not only live by grace, but also be fueled by grace.
Once we realize that the sins of the future have been forgiven, at the moment where we fall Satan can’t slow us down even more with shame and guilt, because right at the moment we fall, we don’t fall unto a pit of shame and guilt anymore, but we fall towards the Father, who had already forgiven us.

Saved by grace, empowered by love, inspired by compassion.

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