Monday, April 10, 2017

unlovable yet loved

“Grace is being loved when you are unlovable.”

Grace is God reaching downward to a people who are constantly pushing back against Him, who are in rebellion against Him.  Scripture tells us that all people sin and fall short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23) and that we deserve death (Rom. 6:23).  But in His lovingkindness and mercy, God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for us and take upon himself the punishment that we deserve.  Romans 4:24-25 says that righteousness “will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.”

Paul writes in Romans 5:8, “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” The grace of God did not come at a time when we had everything together, all of our ducks lined up in a row.  No, grace comes to us when we are broken and can offer nothing in return.  “Grace is most needed and best understood in the midst of sin, suffering, and brokenness."

We come to God with nothing in our hands to offer but our brokenness and sin, and He gladly takes it and gives to us new life as His child.

“Grace is love coming at you that has nothing to do with you, the beloved. It has everything and only to do with the lover.”

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