“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.”
Many of you are familiar with those lyrics. Many of you have sung those lyrics from the bottom of your hearts in worship. We love to sing about grace.
But here’s the deal… while we sing about grace and love sermons on grace and love to talk about grace, the modern church doesn’t practice it like we should.
You want an example or.. examples?
Noah – Abraham – Jacob – Moses – Matthew – Peter – Paul – John Mark..
All of those folks messed up but God still used them.
Noah got drunk after the flood waters receded.
Abraham lied about his wife.
Jacob deceptively stole Isaac’s birthright.
Moses killed a man.
Matthew was a crooked politician
Peter denied knowing Jesus.
Paul killed people.
John Mark deserted Paul and Barnabas
All of these men sinned yet, God used them.
In the past year or so, I’ve thought about why the church today doesn’t have the grace that was seen in the Bible. This is the only thing I’ve come up with; The people who received grace in the Bible were dealing with Jesus… and people today are not Jesus. Jesus forgave because He was divine. We aren’t… we are imperfect. We are flawed and that includes not being as forgiving as we should be.
Today, do your best to display grace. Everyone messes up friend. Everyone makes mistakes. Don’t be so quick to judge someone.
Years ago, after going through a time of adversity, the Lord impressed this on my mind; “Whenever I am making decisions and the choices are grace and law… with God’s help, I want to come down on the side of grace every time.”
I encourage you to join me.