This is my fourth blog on Pursued, a book by Jud Wilhite.
On this gorgeous Easter Sunday, let's talk about GRACE.
Grace is fascinating, overwhelming, confusing, often-misunderstood, and desperately under-appreciated.
Grace sounds gentle, but possesses power beyond measure.
Grace is the core of our Christian faith. It is the reason behind Christ's death and the result of His resurrection.
Grace is freely given, and yet sometimes seems impossible to accept.
"Grace can feel hard to allow into the deep recesses of our broken lives." (Pursued)
It defies logic that our God would grant us full salvation and redemption from our sins and rebellion. We don't have to do anything to earn this, and we don't "owe" Him anything in return. We don't have to be "worthy" enough to receive it (In fact we can never be "worthy" enough). Grace isn't a bargaining chip or the stepping stone to a dysfunctional quid-pro-quo relationship with our Creator, just like God isn't some cosmic loan shark pressuring us to pay a debt we could never fulfill.
By it's very nature, grace is amazing.
Grace is a a truth that is better felt than understood.
Jud talks quite a bit about grace in Pursued, and he mentions more than once that the minute we start to think we fully "understand" grace is the minute we grossly underestimate the wonder of this miraculous characteristic of our God.
I could probably say a lot more about this, but I happen to think little miss Abbey sings it best (as you will soon see, she believes that about herself as well) in the following video clip*:
*I apologize the camera quality isn't amazing - this was taken from my iphone while laying on a toddler bed as the twins and I "played nap." Abbey is supposed to be singing me a lullaby. And that banging noise in the background? That's just Lucas doing a little bit of "construction."