Welcome to GRACE | “God’s Design” Series

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Grace is an open door. A welcome smile. A hand outstretched in friendship. Grace is what calls us home and grace is the table set before us when we get there.

Grace has been so misunderstood. Some say it’s permission to do as we please, and others say it’s not to be to be trampled over. Grace is our rescue and also the power we need to follow Christ.

Ephesians 2:8For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.”

Grace is a gift or it is not grace. When God extended grace to us, it was not because we were the best, the most behaved, the loveliest. On the contrary, grace was given to us because we were not those things. While we were still sinning, God extended his hand of friendship (Romans 5: 6). While we were enemies, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).

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“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. (Romans 5: 1-2)

I encourage you to read the entire chapter of Romans 5. Grace is always extended and given. It is a gift. One we did not earn. Frankly, one we could not earn. How could we be worthy of the sacrifice of our Savior suffering on a cross? We can’t. Grace. How could we ever do enough good deeds to merit, the favor of a King who was beaten for our sins. We can’t. Grace. To think that we can merit grace, is to insult grace, because it’s very nature dictates that it be given to the undeserving.

Grace is the gift that God extends to us. One of the most powerful results of our abuse and trauma is the belief that we are unworthy. We fight this constantly. Well, even if you look at yourself having not suffered any abuse or trauma, you may still belief that, because according to the Bible we are unworthy, until Christ comes to be seated on the throne of our hearts. Romans five, declares us so.

Some of the verbiage used in this text in Romans confirms it. “While we were still sinners; while I was his enemy.” This doesn’t speak to highly of humanity. When we except, that in and of ourselves we are not good or worthy, then we are in the perfect posture to appropriate grace.

We can say all the self-affirmations we want, but without Christ, we know that there is something inherently wrong in us. It is called sin. And we are ALL guilty before God. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)

But wait! It doesn’t stop there….”Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3:24) That word “freely” there, means “without any cost”. This is so good.

Why is this so important in our relationships with ourselves and others? First we must receive grace for ourselves. We must believe what Romans is telling us. What the Word of God is telling us about who we are. We cannot merit grace and so many times in our abuse and trauma that is what we had to do to survive…earn the grace of our abusers.

But God is not like that. It’s so wonderful that it’s almost impossible to believe. My belief is that this is every believer’s biggest struggle…accepting this gift of grace “without cost.”

We must accept and believe grace extended to us by God “without cost”. This is the most significant part of our healing process as it opens the door to every other step we must take to deliverance. Think of all the people that Jesus healed in the Bible. Grace. Most felt undeserving of Jesus’ touch. Some were afraid. But one thing they had in common is they must have believed in his goodness and grace. And those who were unable to have faith, he healed as well. Grace in action. It’s so beautiful!

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So what about the power to extend grace? Once we except it for ourselves, how do we extend it to others? Before I answer that, I must qualify something right now, I’m not saying you allow people to walk all over you because you are extending grace. I’m certainly not advocating that you stay in a clearly abusive situation to extend grace. These are all situations that you must take to serious prayer and let the Lord guide you.

Grace is also power. Power to walk out what truth demands. “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age.” (Titus 2:11-12)

God’s grace extended to us, teaches us to extend it to others in righteous deeds, denying our need for revenge or to do unto others what they’ve done to us. Our flesh is wired to go that way, but our new, reborn spirit walks away from those fleshly impulses and says “yes” to grace.

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Will you say “yes” to grace today and open the door for healing to come into your life and relationships? God will show you how to receive for yourself and extend grace to others, after all he is the Master of grace!

Jesus’ peace to you always my friend!

Crisie 💕

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[DISCLAIMER: I am not a licensed counselor or therapist of any kind nor is this devotional an attempt to provide those services. The contents and suggestions in this devotional are results of my own personal experience with these issues and are not meant to be professional advice or therapy. This devotional is not a substitute or replacement for regular therapy or the use of mental health resources. If the content here causes triggers, please see your regular mental health professional. Any content applied to your life along with any consequences is of your own volition.]

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