On Monday, we focused mainly on giving grace to others. Today, I’d like to concentrate on being partakers of grace. While contemplating what the most powerful illustrations of grace in my life have been, my marriage was the first to come to mind. When I met my husband, I had built a self-created emotional barricade myself that came from carrying years worth of emotional baggage. As a result, I was very cautious of any type of emotional connection, especially with a man. However, God had other plans. Eventually, we became really good friends but that wasn’t a problem. The problem started when I began to realize a possibility existed of us becoming more. Immediately, I became a soldier ready for battle. My heart was guarded 24-7. I had the poker face. I was on the lookout for any suspicious activity. Honestly, I remember trying to run him off several times but he was quite persistent. Gradually, I began to let my guard down while still being ready to engage in combat need be. One day, I was dealing with some family issues and I tried to shut him out. He spoke something simple yet very profound to me. He said, “Let me love you”. Doesn’t that sound like something God would say?
If we aren’t careful, we can treat Him the same way in our ignorance and brokenness. We become afraid to open ourselves up and allow grace to come into our lives so His love can flow. Why is that? I can’t speak for anyone else but I knew what my issue was. I’d convinced myself that I needed to protect myself. Ironically, in ” protecting” myself, I was actually depriving myself. The truth is I wasn’t protecting myself much at all. I just felt that I was too messed up to “allow” someone in. For the same reason, we fail to accept God’s grace.
How irrational is that? It makes no sense to shut out what we need the most. God knows we don’t deserve His love. That is the whole point of Him extending His grace to us. He knew we would never be able to meet His requirements without supernatural help. Therefore, He made a way via grace. His grace is like a river. It is teeming with life. It is refreshing. It brings newness and vitality to our souls. When we allow grace to flow, we are able to receive all of the benefits that come from being in right relationship with Him.
Every day, we should be grateful for His grace. It’s is important to remember where we would be without it. For this reason alone, we should love Him, even more, each day. When we learn to let the Father’s love in, a door is opened. That door exposes us to the healing power of grace. Likewise, we are able to allow the Lord to love on us through others. All of our relationships should be extensions of God’s grace and love for us.
Friends, let God’s grace open the door for His love to come into your hearts. Let it saturate your life in a way that transfers to everyone you come in contact with. His grace is sufficient to cover all of us and any weaknesses, mistakes, or anything else we may struggle with.
Let Grace Flow!
Be Graciously Blessed,