What is God’s Grace? Who Deserves It?

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Do you ever feel like you need to get away from the craziness of everyday life? To slow your body down long enough for your soul to catch up? To breathe? To reconnect with your own heartl? To get your mind straight?

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Last weekend I abandoned our chaotic world to volunteer at a women’s event. (Hence the absence of new posts last week.) This event was a 3+ day journey of discipleship loaded with talks, tears, joy, laughter, life lessons, Biblical teaching, lots of food, little sleep, new friendships, and tangible experiences of the extraordinary grace and love of God.

What is grace? It’s a gift from God . . . freely given with no conditions or expectations.

My favorite definition? The gift of grace is that God gives Himself to us so that we can have life with Him, in Him, and through Him.

(Romans 3:22-24Galatians 2:20-21Ephesians 2:4-92 Timothy 1:8-10Titus 3:4-8)

Who deserves God’s grace? There’s a simple answer to that one. No one! It’s an unearned and undeserved gift!

Why does God give us grace then? Because He is good!

It isn’t based on our character – but on His.

God doesn’t love you because He has to or because He owes you something. He loves you because He wants to.

Who gets to have God’s grace? Those who choose to receive it. 

Some people can’t “get past themselves” and believe God really wants them. Make no mistake. God wants a relationship with you.

His love prompts a response – either acceptance or rejection. Accepting His grace means loving Him in return and entrusting yourself to Him.

This weekend, a young woman named Stacy Scott sat at my table. As she absorbed the stories and teachings in the talks, she journaled or drew pictures. The messages melded with her heart, and overflowed into beautiful, rhythmic lines of poetry. Here’s one of the poems God streamed through her heart to ours this weekend.

Who Am I?

Who am I that I deserve your grace?

Who am I that I have earned a place?

For who is He to die for my sins?

For who is He to take me within?

With arms wide open, no sign of judgment.

A gentle embrace, fulfillment, contentment.

What a gift is grace to give us freedom.

What a gift is grace, a gift of the kingdom.

So who am I to receive this gift?

A gift from God, a gift of His Spirit.

Who am I that I deserve your grace?

Who am I that I have earned a place?

A child of God, so lost, so broken.

A child of God, now alive and now growing.

A Father that died so that now I can be risen.

This weekend of grace was also a weekend of vulnerability. And oh how we fight being vulnerable! In the world’s economy, vulnerability often means woundedness and damage.

During the weekend I watched women battle against God, straining to keep the walls up . . . fighting vulnerability. I prayed and yearned for them to trust God with open hearts. In that safe loving environment, the barriers eventually crumbled. They allowed God inside . . . and I watched Hiim work miracles in their hearts. That’s an extreme example of grace!

If you choose to make yourself vulnerable, God will come in and give you more of Himself. In His presence, you’ll experience much-needed miracles in your own heart . . . even miracles you never thought were possible.

Leave a comment: Do you struggle with the concept of God’s grace? Do you fight vulnerability? Have you received His gift of grace and love? If so, how has that changed you?

Thanks so much for sharing your day with me! I cherish your time and friendship. Come again! I’ll leave the light on for you.

Lisa~

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3 thoughts on “What is God’s Grace? Who Deserves It?

  1. First of all I would like to say terrific blog! I had a quick
    question in which I’d like to ask if you don’t mind.

    I was interested to find out how you center yourself and clear your mind before writing.
    I’ve had difficulty clearing my mind in getting my ideas out. I do take pleasure in writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are usually lost simply just trying to figure out how to begin. Any ideas or tips? Kudos!

    • Hi Elena! Thanks for your comment. I went to your site. It’s looks great. Hard to believe you need tips from me.
      I think all writers struggle when they sit down with a blank post in front of them.
      Here are some things I do:
      As a woman of faith, I usually spend some quiet time with God studying the Bible. It centers me and clears my mind.
      I pray.
      I try to create a good writing environment by lighting a candle and putting on headphones with music that inspires me. For me, it’s usually praise & worship music.
      Sometimes it helps just to be still for a bit. Not doing or specifically thinking of anything. Emptying your mind first.
      I free-write. What I mean is I write freely with no concern for grammatical correctness or structure. I just let the thoughts flow out freely then I go back and edit.
      Thanks for your comment. All the best to you as you continue to write/blog.

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