Monday, April 15, 2013

On struggling with grace...

"But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast."  - Ephesians 2:4-9

Grace Greater than Our Sin

Marvelous grace of our loving Lord, 
Grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt! 
Yonder on Calvary’s mount outpoured, 
There where the blood of the Lamb was spilled. 

Grace, grace, God’s grace, 
Grace that will pardon and cleanse within; 
Grace, grace, God’s grace, 
Grace that is greater than all our sin. 

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Do you ever struggle with giving yourself grace?"

For me the battle is about knowing when it is okay to give myself a break and the difference between that meaning a free ticket.

Jesus died for all of my sins. All of them.

And so it is hard sometimes to know when to be tough on myself and when not to be.

On the one hand, I know that forgiveness is mine, all I need to do is ask for it. And yet at the same time I know that I need to suck it up and make better choices so that I wouldn't land myself in needing forgiveness in the first place. 

I see this thought process translate to the people in my life. When I am hard on myself, I tend to be hard on others.

When I struggle with a particular sin, I do everything I can to cut it out. When I struggle with someone hurting me, I do everything in my power to cut them out of my life.

I don't think that is what a good friend would do. And yet, I do it more and more.

I realize that it is important to have people in my life to lift me up. But I think that the people who lift me up and encourage me will also be the ones who love me and challenge me when they know what I'm doing isn't producing the best version of me.

Does that make sense?

Happy Monday!

1 comment:

Mrs EyeCanSee said...

Girl I struggle with this everyday. Seriously. It's a tough one for me too.

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