Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.” Luke 5:31 NIV
One who has been touched by grace will no longer look on those who stray as “those evil people” or “those poor people who need our help.” Nor must we search for signs of “love-worthiness.” Grace teaches us that God loves because of who God is, not because of who we are.
– Phillip Yancey
We are all in need of the grace and mercy of God…everyday.
Give some to yourself today and give some to someone else too, I guarantee they need it.
Hush anxious thoughts. Put down the to-do list. Quiet fear. Close the door. Rest in abandon. Embrace peace. Breathe silence. Cease to think, worry, or wonder. Just be.
Not before bills. Not before responsibilities. Not before failures and faults nor achievements or success. Before God the Creator, Provider, Peace Maker, Redeemer, Savior, Lord, Father. Sovereign, Merciful, Strong, and Gentle. Powerful, Passionate, and Purposeful.
Wrapped in the arms of grace surrounding the soul. Hope not in temporal things but in the eternal One God in three expressions- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Hope not in temporal circumstances but in the embodiment of LOVE itself.
Real life is filled with broken people, challenging circumstances, and difficult decisions.
It’s different than you thought it would be.
It’s harder than you expected.
You are made for it.
And real life is where Jesus meets you.
He does not ask you to deny reality, He asks you to embrace it as He embraces you.
“Friends, when life gets really difficult, don’t jump to the conclusion that God isn’t on the job. Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner.”
1 Peter 4:12-13 MSG
Stop striving to live a “perfect” life to please God. What pleases God the most is when you allow Him to work His grace and love into the middle of your very messy real life.
May you be empowered today to face the reality of your life and walk confidently in His unique, personal, powerful expression of grace and love for you in it.