I absolutely love this word. I have come face to face with its meaning in my life. I am a recipient of huge amounts of grace over the years. I love receiving grace and I also try to give grace to others. I could make a list of the stupid things I’ve done that have been unkind and unchristian. I’m embarrassed when I think of some of the things I’ve done or said in my past. The Lord knows all of it and loves me anyway. He has washed my heart clean many times. My journey through the Psalms brought me to one of most eloquent passages of the Word. David is on a whole new level in his writing. As I read this Psalm, I realized that it is “dripping with Grace”. Check this out…
8 The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
9 He will not always accuse,
nor will he harbor his anger forever;
10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
13 As a father has compassion on his children,
so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;
14 for he knows how we are formed,
he remembers that we are dust. (Psalm 103:8-14 NIV)
I can’t be more grateful for grace. I deserve punishment and even death, but I get abundant life and eternal life instead. I am humbled and thankful for the mercy of God. I’m thankful for the love of God. When I’m stupid, He is so patient. When I’m hard headed, He is soft-hearted. His love is beyond understanding and description. I’ve experienced His Grace first hand. I know of His love first hand. I have a healthy fear and reverence to the Lord God. He created me, yet He loves me and pursues a relationship with me. I have surrendered my life to this amazing love and amazing grace. I want my life and lifestyle to speak of His Presence in me. I want to continue to be filled with His Grace and be a dispenser of His Grace.