Undeserved Favor

Thankful. Of course, it's what everyone is thinking about right now and I am no exception. What am I thankful for? Well, the obvious things are probably the same things on your list. Health, family, a home, my church...etc. These are all things that I don't deserve but truly am grateful for. I was thinking, though, about things that I am thankful for beyond the obvious and I must say, this year has been full of "thankful moments" for me. There is that one thing, though, that I have seen at work in my life this year and it sums up all my thankful moments.

That on thing is grace. 

I can't say that I have every really been able to grasp God's grace. I have always heard it described as unmerited favor. I think that is true, but for some reason that definition always makes me picture God in a suit, tapping me on the head to "anoint me with favor". What I have experienced in my life as of late, however, does not fit with that picture. What I have discovered about God's grace is that it is my strength. I realize something now about my Savior that compels me even more to love and serve him. That something is that Jesus saved me not because he had to but because he wanted to.

He saved me not because he had to, but because he wanted to.

I see God's grace now as not just unmerited favor but undeserved favor. I cannot deserve the grace I receive from my Papa in Heaven. He is so perfect, so right...and I am not. I am so thankful that his grace is not extended to me based on my words or deeds. Never will I be good enough to "qualify" for his grace...but he has poured it out freely on me. I believe my God delights in pouring his grace on me when I am at my most undeserving place. God's grace restores the heart and soul. When I have faced fear that overwhelms, grace has been my strength. When I have tarnished the name of Christ with my words, loving grace has redeemed me once again. I have a new picture of grace in my mind now. When I think of God's grace working in my life now, I see it as a dance. For so long I have lain on that floor broken, unable to get up and dance, but God's grace has changed that. He has picked me up, healed the brokenness, and now we dance together. There are still moments in the dance that I stumble, but he never lets go of my hands and so we continue to dance. Sometimes, I fear that he will attempt a move I am unfamiliar with, but every time that happens, his grip tightens and his smile assures me that he is in the lead and I have nothing to fear.

His grace truly is Amazing. It really is the sweetest sound I know. I once was so very lost, but now I am completely found. His grace is sufficient for me.

"May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord." 2 Peter 1:2



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