Grace is the framework for the Christian from which all of our thoughts become centered and flow into blessing the world. By its very presence and substance, grace reminds us of a nefarious past that has been forgiven, even if that nefarious past took place just five minutes ago. The purpose of grace is not to linger over our failures but to obliterate them. Grace is the soul’s quicker, picker-upper.
Because the world in which we live is founded on law, it becomes our natural default without a steep tutelage in graceful notions. Whenever we say: “That’s not fair”; “He’s a jerk”; “She’s controlling”; “They’re a bunch of idiots”; and so forth, we have betrayed our yawning allegiance to law. When we speak or think in that way the power of grace remains sidelined and untapped of its potential. Because we still fall short of the high commands, our souls need grace each and every day just as our bodies need water. Most Christians understand that we need grace to be redeemed. Many fail to remember that we need grace to act redeemed. It’s all there in the song…
T’was Grace that taught my heart to fear and Grace my fears relieved.
How precious did that Grace appear the hour I first believed.
Through many dangers, toils and snares, we have already come.
T’was Grace that brought us safe thus far and Grace will lead us home.