I was digging through my notes and ran across this little gem from October of 2015 that I never posted. I thought I’d post it today.
It seems that everywhere I turn I see something about God’s grace. So, I thought I’d throw in my 2 cents worth…
First the basics: If you have to earn it, it’s NOT grace. If you have to work to keep it, then it wasn’t grace. If you feel you lost it and will never be good enough to get it back, then it never was grace. So what is grace? Grace is his free gift to you. He paid the price in your place and he offers forgiveness, love and acceptance. All you have to do is say yes and accept it. It’s FREE. That’s right, TOTALLY FREE… except there is a cost.
WHAT??? How can that be free? Yep, TOTALLY free…except there is a cost. Let me explain.
In Matt 18:21-35 Jesus teaches the parable of the unforgiving servant. In the parable, a rich king wants to settle accounts. A man who owes a large sum (let’s call it $10,000.00) which he can’t pay and begs for more time. The king forgives the entire debt. This same servant, goes to someone who owes him a small amount (say $100) and he shows no mercy and throws the guy into prison until the debt is paid. This didn’t go over so well with the rich king. I’ll let you read the story for yourself to see what happened. So what does this have to do with that FREE grace? I Cor 6:20 says you (who are in Christ) were bought with a price. He purchased you. He bought your assets. He bought your liabilities. He bought it all. My friend, if you bought my business, you would own everything INCLUDING my receivables (the people who owe me a debt). Once the purchase is complete, IT IS ILLEGAL for me to collect on those receivables. Why? They are no longer mine. In the same manner, we were purchased through Christ. Remember those people who did you wrong and really OWE you? Well, here’s that cost I was telling you about – You don’t get to collect. He bought that too. You no longer have the right to demand that debt be paid to you. You MUST release that debt because it no longer belongs to you. You must forgive and forget. This is the cost. It may be unexpected and unanticipated. It may even seem unfair… that is, until you consider the terrible price that was paid for you. Your sins were many and you owed him much. He has forgiven you of everything.
Are you still trying to collect on those old debts? Perhaps now might be a good time to let those things go. Forgive those who have wronged you and let them go. Food for thought…
More new stuff coming really soon. Until then, may God’s richest blessings be yours in Christ Jesus.
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