When Grace Fails

Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous and his ears toward their cry. Psalm 34:14-15

We have had a difficult few months and yesterday morning  I was just ready to throw in the _MG_7117towel. We’ve tried to extend grace and hurtful words have been said.  We have made attempts to overlook an offense only to be insulted again. I’ve had lies told about me, words totally taken out of context and I’ve looked betrayal in the face .  But, I have continued to extend grace where I knew it was needed. Just not today. I’m finished.

I want to cry out my defense. I want to reassure and present my evidence, I want to back track and fix the wrongs. Grace has failed, I’ve been wounded and I can not bare to see the ones I love as victims of foolish, failing grace.

Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. Hebrews 12:3
Grace means unmerited and undeserved treatment. The free gift of grace of salvation through Jesus Christ is the greatest example of grace. God’s grace toward me as a Christian means I extend grace to others. Yet I feel as if my heart will never mend and I am exhausted. So as my uncontrollable tears are flowing, as Clint is listening to all my complaints and wailings he reminds me to take courage, “let our first concern always be to see the gospel do for others what it has done for us.”

For our boast is this, the testimony of our conscience, that we behaved in the world with simplicity and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God, and supremely so toward you. 2 Corinthians 1:12

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.  There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.  Ephesians 4:4-7

When I begin to pour into His word, He begins to pour over me. I am gently reminded to look at the cross, where the perfect One took on all my sin and extended me unmerited and undeserved grace. I am also moved to look beyond the cross to the tomb; it’s empty! His resurrection; risen Son of God, our only hope of salvation. Grace did not, can not fail! God’s grace, transforming my heart.

Scandal of Grace Hillsong United

Grace, what have you done?
Murdered for me on that cross
Accused in absence of wrong
My sin washed away in your blood
Too much to make sense of it all
I know that your love breaks my fall
The scandal of grace, you died in my place
So my soul will live
Oh to be like you
Give all I have just to know you
Jesus, there’s no one besides you
Forever the hope in my heart
Death, where is your sting?
Your power is as dead as my sin
The cross has taught me to live
In mercy, my heart now to sing
The day and its trouble shall come
I know that your strength is enough
The scandal of grace, you died in my place
So my soul will live
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