Everywhere I turn the last several weeks, I'm running into grace. Grace from Brian and the kids as I mess up. Grace from my God who forgives me over and over again.
Also, reminders of how often I fail at giving grace to others. And since God keeps putting it right in front of me, I know I need to take seriously the practice of showing grace. God loved me long before I loved Him back, and He continues to love me even though I make mistakes each and every day. I have been challenged over and over these past 2 weeks to show my children that same kind of grace and acceptance, and I am sorry to say that I am falling short.
But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace.
Catch that? If being loved and accepted by God were based on works, it would no longer be grace. By definition, grace is the free and unmerited favor of God.And this is the kind of grace and love I want to show my kids. It couldn't be more simple (or more difficult to put into practice if I'm honest).
A few more grace references crossing my path this week:
"there is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus."
Quotes this from Ted Cunningham and Yancey Arrington from their talks at the D6 Conference:
"We don't obey God to be accepted; we are already accepted."
"Condemnation never motivated anyone."
I also just bought Jessica's newest book, Everyday Grace.
Jen Hatmaker's talks at the Simplify workshop at Victory Church