Wednesday, March 6, 2013

redeeming, restoring, accepting >> God’s grace

Those three words have deep meaning for me, and I believe they come from the heart of God.  When someone understands that God’s desire is to redeem, restore and to accept them, things will change.  Often people believe that God is all about punishment.  Some people believe that God is harsh and unloving.  That couldn’t be further from the truth.

It was when I knew that God accepts me as I am and where I am that I began to be able to live the abundant life God offers to His kids.  In turn when we get the fact that God accepts us we will help others experience God’s love and acceptance.

How can we help other people believe what God says and live in what He says?  It is our job to live in and to share truth.  It is not our job to make people respond to God.

Our actions ought to acts of redeeming people and seeking to restore them to God and to life.  All that happens by and only through God’s grace.

John 8:32  NLT
And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God.  There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.

The truth will set us free not only to believe what God says but to spend time with God allowing Him to live through our lives.  There is great boldness that comes when we let what God says be what we hold on to.

Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory.

Luke 6:37  NLT
Do not judge others, and you will not be judged.  Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you.  Forgive others, and you will be forgiven.

Accept people as God accepts you.  Forgive others as God has forgiven you.  By offering forgiveness and God’s love to others we offer redemption from brokenness and pain.  I believe that God called us to help others experience the truth of God’s restoring us to life.

May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

May our words, actions and even our beliefs help us and those around us experience God’s grace which leads us into real redemption, restoration and acceptance. 

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