Is Grace Really That Amazing?

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Nearly every Christian I know talks about amazing grace. We discuss it in church. Books have been written about it from Paul Ellis to Max Lucado to Andy Stanley to Lee Strobel to Philip Yancey (just to name a few out of over 100 pages on Amazon.com). Not to mention the number of songs.

It’s interesting to note that in the Gospels, the only grace ever mentioned was about Jesus. Yet the apostle Paul wrote of the gift of grace in nearly every letter.

“We are now saved and set right by His free gift of grace through the redemption available only in Jesus Christ.” Roman 3:24

It seems to me, however, many spurn this free gift. Why, then is it talked about it so much? Why do people pretend they value grace when they wear it like a cloak in church on Sunday morning and hang it up when they walk in the door at home Sunday afternoon?

When the gift of grace is put on for show and not welcomed into the mind and heart and soul, it is rejected; it cannot then transform, cannot be understood, cannot be passed along.

Then these very things that have come to me will be poured out as “rivers of living water” all around me (John 7:38). Even love must be transformed by being poured out “to the Lord.” Oswald Chambers

When grace is not allowed to become a part of our DNA, we cannot become the human beings created in God’s image we were meant to be. We must surrender ourselves to a loving God who wants to lift us higher, who wants to show us more than we see right now.

God wants to show us the image of ourselves through His eyes. Our perfect, flawless, beloved selves. And once we can see that – once we grasp the raw amazing beauty of it – we will pour His loving, living water over others so they will see themselves that way, too.

Now that’s amazing grace.

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18 comments

  1. Well said Susan.

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    1. Thank you, Paul. Great to see you over here!

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  2. It seems to me, however, many spurn this free gift. Why, then is it talked about it so much? Why do people pretend they value grace when they wear it like a cloak in church on Sunday morning and hang it up when they walk in the door at home Sunday afternoon?

    When the gift of grace is put on for show and not welcomed into the mind and heart and soul, it is rejected; it cannot then transform, cannot be understood, cannot be passed along.

    This really called my on the carpet today my sweet friend. Thank you for the post today. I love to read things that make me stop and evaluate my heart .
    God bless you my sweet friend!

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    1. Oh, my lovely girl. I pray your new school year is blessed with openness and miracles. Your heart is huge; let it pour out that living water.

      New mercies every morning. ❤

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  3. YES, it really IS amazing when you think about what all that means! AMEN! 🙂

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    1. 🙂 Oh, so good to see you here, Dale! I owe you an email. It’s been too long. ❤

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  4. Too often I’ve heard people say something like grace is free for salvation but you have to earn your way after that. I am so glad that Jesus didn’t drop us after the first mistake.

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    1. lol! Amen to that, Susan! 😀

      N.T. Wright said it best: “God is not opposed to effort, but earning.”

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  5. “When the gift of grace is put on for show and not welcomed into the mind and heart and soul, it is rejected; it cannot then transform, cannot be understood, cannot be passed along.”
    Amen! That is so good, Susan. Great post! 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much, Mel. Thinking about seeds, and pebbles dropped in water here. The 30, 60 and hundredfold. Rejected grace is a stumbling block to the kingdom, and true sadness for the one rejecting.

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  6. Yes Susan grace. What a redeeming word. Filled with Love and hope. Trust hinders grace. When I spend the time I need to with Jesus grace comes naturally. Sunday morning will never produce grace. To be more tender and to be still brings about grace. I appreciate this reminder this morning. Goes right along with my thoughts this morning. I hope your day is filled with joy.

    Peace to you

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    1. Tom, did you mean trust hinders grace? Or did you mean the opposite?

      You’re absolutely right that Sunday morning will never produce grace. We need to be open, surrendering, trusting, and still in His presence. Yet… He bestows grace even when we are frantic in the chaos.

      That is what a beautiful, loving and compassionate God we have.

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      1. lack of Trust hinders grace. Lord I am getting old and cannot spell.

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      2. lol! Senior moment. I have them, too, Tom! Love you.

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      3. Susan I have them all the time. You have to love me to read my blog, if you can read it lol. Thank you for correcting me. Can you edit my post so I don’t look so stupid?

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      4. Oh, Tom; my heart warms every time I read your blog. That is why we are followers of Jesus. Who else would grant us new mercies each morning, eh? And why else would we be brother and sister under his umbrella of unconditional love? ❤

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      5. Now I am blushing. I am truly blessed to have you for a friend.

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