The grace of God is a curious thing. We don’t understand it, but we know we need it. We can’t comprehend it, but we want more of it. I don’t know how to adequately explain something I can neither understand or comprehend. I just know I’d be dead without it. The grace of God overwhelms me every day. Who am I that God should take notice of me?
I know who I am; I know what I’ve done. I know my thoughts and what I am capable of doing. There is no way I deserve the grace of God. Yet He gives it freely to me. He loves me despite who I am. Who does that?
While I know I could never deserve His grace, and while I understand from an intellectual standpoint He gives His grace freely to all, I cannot cease being overwhelmed. His love and mercy are closely interwoven with His grace. I’m not certain where one ends and the other begins. I do know every time I attempt to consider the depth of His grace I am immediately awestruck and driven to my knees. Why would He choose to freely forgive all I’ve done and lift me up to walk in unity with Him? It makes no sense.
I’m grateful the grace of God makes no sense to me. If I could understand it, I would never be so blown away by the thought of it. If contemplating any attribute of God does not leave you with a sense of wonder, you aren’t thinking big enough. You haven’t yet fully grasped the price He paid on your behalf and the mercy He has extended to you. Imagine, every wrong you have ever committed, everything you have selfishly done, every hurt you have caused another, are all wiped away the minute you give your heart to Jesus. The grace of God knows no limits. It covers every stain, every sin, no matter the size.
I know how difficult it is for me to show grace over the smallest wrongs inflicted upon me. We want to get even, to lash out in kind. But this is not the way of Christ. No matter how many times or how severely we betray the Son of God, He gently paints over the offense with His grace. He doesn’t see our dirt, He only sees the masterpiece He created beneath the grime. How amazing! How utterly overwhelming!
Have you been carrying around baggage you’re sure God can’t handle? Do you think you’ve gone too far this time? Are you convinced some habitual or addictive sin in your life is proof God no longer believes you love Him? None of these things change who you are in Christ. He created you. He knows you better than you know yourself, better than anyone ever could. He knows the work He created you to do and the gifts He bestowed on you to get the work done. He knows you by name. You matter to Him. His grace is sufficient for you, no matter what you might think. Cry out to Him, be honest with Him, and turn to Him today. The grace of God is waiting for you.