Not Good At Grace?

Keeping in line with my last post about “getting drunk and sleeping with your daughter” (the story of Lot and other characters in the Bible, not an autobiography), today’s post is about being real..and experiencing real grace.

grace – the freely given, unmerited favor and love of God [from dictionary.com]

I have read several blogs lately that are dealing with the topic of “scandalous grace.” And this post from Jon Acuff, the author of “Stuff Christians Like”, really nails it. In his blog post he says:

I think we insult the cross when we act as if we can “out sin” it.

I think we wound our father when we think we can “out filth” his love.

I think we hurt our Christ when we believe that we have found the end of his grace.

Wow..grace is so hard to understand and  so difficult to completely fathom..probably because we’re not good at it. I mean, I don’t know about you, but it has been a struggle for me to break free from the self-righteous judgmental DNA that is in me. From an old school upbringing that put a high value on church attendance and “being good”..to my own misinterpretations of scripture and an inner-need to rank myself against others to make me feel better about my own depravity.

I am growing in my understanding of grace. I feel like I can say with great conviction that I “accept” everyone, and I hold no grudges against those who have hurt me in the past (at least I think I don’t), and that I truly love most everyone..freely and without any strings attached..

  • But what do my actions say??
  • Am I showing others true grace..scandalous grace??
  • Am I allowing myself to experience scandalous grace??

Please take a second to read Jon’s post “Fearing We’ll Out Sin Grace” here. Then let me know your thoughts..

Is it easier for you to show grace to others than yourself?

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ–by grace you have been saved–For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” -Ephesians 2:4-5; 8-10

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