I haven’t always been the best person. I haven’t always walked in faith. I haven’t always known grace.
Someone once asked me, “If God were looking at you right now, what do you think He would say?” In that moment, I instantly thought about all of the sins I’ve committed, all of the people I’ve hurt, all of those moments where I couldn’t believe I just did/said that. You know, everything I had done wrong.
Grace is a Person
If you’re anything like me, when posed that question, you thought about those same things. You might even be reading this thinking, “God is waiting for me to get better. He’s waiting for me to clean up my act before He loves me.”
Can I be the first one to tell you that’s not true? In fact, it will never be. God is staring at you right now, with all of your sin, your flaws, your failures, your secrets about yourself that you hide from other people, and He’s smiling. He is looking at you, saying: “I love you. You are mine. I am not mad at you. I am not disappointed in you. I want to be with you. I forgive you. I will never give up on you.”
He isn’t tapping His foot up in Heaven waiting for you to get better. It doesn’t make sense, does it?
How can it be that I have failed God a hundred times, I have wavered in my faith and trust in Him, and I have run from Him more times than I can count; yet and still, He chooses me. He fights for me. He chases me down in my darkness and still reaches out His hand. How can it be that God still loves me?
That’s what grace is… grace is a person. His name is Jesus, and you can rest assured that Jesus did everything necessary for you and me to be right in God’s eyes. We can’t add anything to the Gospel. Jesus perfected it. It is finished. Nobody is too broken for the grace of Jesus. We’re hidden in Him.
The truth is, God is the only one who can love everything you are despite everything you’re not. The moment we confess our sins and ask for forgiveness, God forgives us. Now we must do our part and leave the guilt behind.
Ephesians 2:8 “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not of your own doing; it is a gift from God.”
1 John 1:9 “But if we confess our sins to God, he will keep his promise and do what is right: he will forgive us our sins and purify us from all our wrongdoing.”
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