The Grace of God
"Grace. It's what we crave most when our guilt is
exposed. It's the very thing we are hesitant to extend when we are confronted
with the guilt of others--especially when their guilt has robbed us of something
we consider valuable.
Therein is the struggle, the
struggle for grace. It's this struggle that makes grace more story than
doctrine. It's the struggle that reminds us that grace is bigger than
compassion or forgiveness. That struggle is the context for both. When we are
on the receiving end, grace is refreshing. When it is required of us, it is
often disturbing. But when correctly applied, it seems to solve just about
everything. This struggle is not new; it has been going on since the beginning."
We find in the pages of Scripture
that the stories found there often mirror our own stories, and that we too need the very thing we do
not deserve: the grace of God.
From the beginning, the
church has had an uneasy relationship with grace. The gravitational pull is
always toward graceless religion. The odd thing is that when you read the New
Testament, the only thing Jesus stood against consistently was graceless
religion. The only group he attacked relentlessly was graceless religious
Even now as you think about grace, there might be a little
voice in your head whispering, "It can't
be that easy!"
"What about obedience?"
"What about disobedience?"
"What about repeated misbehavior?"
"What about bad habits?"
"What about justice?"
"What about repentance?"
this tension that makes grace so slippery. But that's the beauty and the truth
of grace. We don't deserve it. We can't earn it. It can't be qualified. But God
gives it to us anyway because he loves us unconditionally.
The story of grace is your story. And as you are about to
discover grace plays a larger role than you imagine.
- 2010 Andy Stanley
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