I was talking to some people yesterday about dealing with relationships, forgiveness, anger, etc. As I was talking to them, I had this thought.
Many people are too scared to share their hurts, pains, problems, etc. because they are afraid of what the reaction might be. I believe many people approach God in much the same way. There are those who are Pharisees (they believe they do everything right), there are those who are blatant sinners (they enjoy their open rebellion to God), and there are those who have sinned who feel too ashamed to approach God (I believe these are the majority). This idea will be the topic of another blog post.
But, what about all those who feel too ashamed. They can’t even ask for God’s forgiveness because they can’t even understand how He would want to forgive them.
This may be you.
So, what was my thought? It’s this:
Grace is when Jesus points out our sin to us BECAUSE He has forgiven us.
You see, our sins our forgiven. The only problem is that we have not accepted and chosen to walk in His forgiveness. We are still fearful.
So, when Jesus points out our sin to us, it is not condemnation, but rather a supreme act of grace. Through this action, He is giving us permission to come to Him without pretense, without fear, and without shame. Because He already knows our sin, when He approaches us we are free to now accept the forgiveness He offers.
Some of you need to do this with God. Some of us need to offer the same opportunity to others in our relationships. We need to point out (without condemation, filled with love) the wrong in someone else’s life, so that they have the opportunity to walk in the forgiveness we have already offered in our hearts.
This is grace.
Romans 8:1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus…
John 3:17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
Grace does not ignore. Grace restores.