Grace is an Unconditional Gift

“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me.” 2 Corinthians‬ ‭12:9‬

“He himself is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours, but also for those of the whole world.” 1 John‬ ‭2:2‬

Tonight while sitting talking with Dave, I was reminded how grateful I am for the gift of Grace. See Grace is a gift given to all of us by God when He sent his only son to die on a cross. The most amazing thing about this gift, it came with no conditions. God didn’t say “I’ll forgive you for certain sins but for some you will not be forgiven. “ God said ALL SINS are forgiven when you pray the prayer of salvation and ask for forgiveness!!

Sin comes in many different shapes and sizes. Taking the life of a human being is a sin in the same sense as telling a lie. Stealing from your neighbor is the same as coveting what that same neighbor has. Lusting after someone who is not your spouse is the same as committing adultery. I think you get the point.

So when someone sins against us we have two choices: 1)we can hold a grudge against them and treat them like they are an outcast or 2) we can show them love and grace like is shown to us each and every single day by God.

You see Grace is the most incredible gift you can offer another human being. To be able to be like Jesus; as he was being persecuted and bleeding on a cross; He still said “forgive them father for they know not what they do!” How amazing is that?! That is a gift that I know I personally thank God for every night when I lay my head on the pillow, because I am far from perfect and I know I mess up daily. Without God’s Grace I don’t know where I would be and truthfully I don’t even want to think about it.

So this Christmas season, maybe instead of looking for the most expensive gift to give someone, maybe you can offer the gifts of Grace and Forgiveness to someone who may have hurt you with their words or actions. One day over your lifetime, I am sure you will be grateful that someone offered these gifts to you.

Jenn

Forgive and let it go!

“Then Peter approached him and asked, “Lord, how many times must I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? As many as seven times?” “I tell you, not as many as seven,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭18:21-22‬

We all go through things in our lives that make us mad. We all do things that we regret at times. We all are guilty of treating people in our lives messed up. You blow up on someone and say things in a manner that does not produce the outcome you had hoped for. You yell out of frustration and it was never suppose to start out that way. The important part is that you learn from your mess up and move forward.

You need to seek God and His strength to get past it because He tells us to let it go and forgive. The verse above has hit me in the heart many times. It tells us that we are to forgive seventy times seven. That is a lot. To me God is telling us that no matter how many times someone sins against us we are to forgive them. I think that includes letting go of what they did as well. Because how can you truly forgive if you do not let it go as well.

I do not think it is saying let people walk all over us it is just saying that people are human and mess up. Because we all sin that we need to forgive those around us. There is going to be a time when you sin against someone and will need that forgiveness as well. Love them and help them see we are all human and no one is perfect! Could you imagine if God did not forgive us?

Be Blessed, Dave

Why is love so hard?

As I look around day in and day out I have seen and heard things that are really weighing on my heart. When I work, when my wife and I shop and when the family is out and about there is some much hatred in this world. Why is it so hard for people to show love? I know this looks different for different relationships but it’s still love none the less. It can be as simple as kindness. There is a song out right now called Revolutionary by Josh Wilson that says, “Why does kindness seem revolutionary.”

In these times that song is on point. It seems like people find any reason to be at odds with each other instead of finding a way to work for unity. It doesn’t matter if we have a difference of opinion, we don’t have to agree on everything. We can have a different skin color. We can have a different political party. It doesn’t matter what is different about us or our lives, Unity is still possible.

There are ways to work towards unity. Difference can be worked out. Talk through things. Try to see both perspectives so there can be common ground. Sometimes there we can see things completely different but still show love in the relationships. We don’t have to agree on everything but can still show love.

In the Bible verse above Jesus calls us to love one another. He doesn’t put stipulations on that. He tells us to love regardless of our differences. Don’t get me wrong I know for some people this is hard to do, but it is a command from Jesus. He knew we would need this command. He knew our world would need love. Let’s find a way to work toward a loving world. Be the change you want to see.

Be Blessed, Dave