Grace is scary. Really scary.
We can't control grace. And we like to control.
That's why legalism is so appealing.
Legalism allows us to define faith by skirt lengths and Bible translations.
Legalism allows us to separate ourselves from those who go "there" or do "that."
Legalism allows us to ignore the poor and oppressed because "they made the wrong choices."
Legalism allows us to judge spirituality by church attendance and committee memberships.
If there's one lesson we should have learned from Eve it's this ~
Just because it's appealing doesn't make it good.
Grace looks nothing like legalism.
Grace finds us, seeks us out.
Grace looks at ashes and sees beauty.
Grace looks at mourning and sees hope.
Grace looks at death and sees life.
Grace looks at sin and sees salvation.
There are mysteries about grace that confound us ... it doesn't make sense ... and we prefer what we understand.
We prefer the rules and regulations, the do's and the don'ts. And sometimes, even when we're the ones being judged, we still prefer that.
Because legalism is all about us ... there's nothing holy or set apart in legalism. It's ugly. It's sneaky. But we "get" it ...
And so we stay there because the discomfort of what we know is much less frightening than the uncertainty of what we don't.
But here's the truth about grace ...
Of ourselves, we cannot explain grace.
We can never make sense of God who gave His Son for our sins.
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." ~ John 3:16In ourselves, we cannot earn grace.
We can never do enough or be enough to earn the gift of salvation nor to keep ourselves in right relationship with God.
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:" ~ Ephesians 2:8By ourselves, we cannot extend grace.
Only through the love of Christ in us can we ever give this great kindness of grace to others. We are called to manifest the fruit of the Spirit in our lives which only comes through the grace we find in Christ Jesus.
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law." ~ Galatians 5:22-23In receiving grace we find ...
the freedom of not needing an explanation.
the joy of not needing to earn our relationship.
the blessing of extending that grace to others.
Teri Lynne is an avid lover of books, constant drinker of strong coffee (with lots of sugar and creamer), and passionate follower of Christ. Married to Scott since 1996 and mother of Casiday since 2000, Teri Lynne, in her words, is living her own happily ever after ... mostly. Writing and teaching women to live empowered, confident lives in Christ and HIS strength is a dream come true for her. You can find her musings almost daily at "Pleasing to You" where she encourages, challenges and inspires others to pursue lives that are pleasing to God.