Devotional

My Problem with Grace

Grace.

We sing about it, we name our daughters after it, we read books about it, but the best word we have come up with to describe it is, “amazing”.

Don’t get me wrong, God’s grace is, in fact, amazing. So amazing our finite minds can’t seem to comprehend living under it. In it. With it.

At least my mind can’t.

Simply put, grace doesn’t make sense.

There. I said it. And I hope I wasn’t the only one thinking it.

 

Grace Doesn't Make Sense. There. I said it. By Alicia Jones | aliciajones.com

 

So, what is grace?

Grace may be defined as the unmerited or undeserving favor of God to those who are under condemnation.” – Enns2

And Webster defines grace as:

unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification

Grace just happens to be God lavishing His undeserved goodness on us. For no reason other than His perfect love.

“unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification”
OR
“a virtue coming from God”

I’ve been battling this idea of understanding grace for some time now. And maybe God was getting tired of waiting on me to figure it out. I wouldn’t blame Him. I can be pretty thick. So God did what He does, and He showed up. Big.

It was a Sunday morning in church like any other. Singing, shaking hands, reading scripture, more singing. Stand up, sit down. I know the routine.

However, as we began to sing a familiar hymn, I couldn’t contain the tears. They came like a flood, without warning, uncontrollable.

 

”Grace, grace, God’s grace
Grace that will pardon and cleanse within
Grace, grace, God’s grace
Grace that is greater than all our sin!”

 

And it hit me. All at once, I could feel the relief and the sweet comfort of my Heavenly Father wash over my entire body.

In an instant I realized that because of His sweet grace, I’m not unloved, unwanted, or useless simply because I’ve messed up. God can, and even harder to believe, still desires to use me.

As it turns out, He intended to use me that very day.

Don’t you just love God? I mean, really, really, love Him. He is always faithful. Even when we are too hard-headed to just listen and believe.

[And you can love Him Even if He doesn’t]

I found out that I wasn’t the only one wrestling with life under grace. In a teary-eyed small group discussion that night, our feelings of unworthiness and navigating grace became the topic of conversation. We allowed ourselves to be vulnerable and I was blessed to share how God had comforted and reassured me when I was feeling lost.

Grace is messy, and I am certainly unworthy of it. But thank God it is so much greater than my sin. Than all my sin. Than my fear, my unbelief, my bad habits, my hateful thoughts, and my selfishness.

 

“Amazing” could never fully describe the grace of my Savior. But it is a good start.

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4 Comments

  1. Sarah Jean

    June 29, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    Sometimes His grace blows me away too 🙂

    1. Alicia Jones

      June 30, 2016 at 12:25 am

      And I know His ways are not our ways, because I’ll never understand it! All I can say is, thank God for it!

  2. Florence

    August 5, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    Oooh I love Grace, it’s absolutely amazing (there I said it) but I think it aptly sums up how mind-blowing it is! I could really just meditate on it and it would make me love God even more and more ❤

    1. Alicia Jones

      August 8, 2016 at 4:21 pm

      God’s grace is just mind-blowing! Thankful His thoughts are higher than mine. I don’t have to “understand” grace to be blessed with it!

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