Friday, February 18, 2011

A Short Note On Grace . . .

The most gracious people I know 
are those most aware of grace! 

We are surrounded by grace. 

Grace has . . . 
. . . kept us
. . . hedged us
. . . grown us
. . . warned us
. . . moved us
. . . allowed us to fall
. . . and caught us when we did. 

Grace is the only reason each one of us is here now in this place 
. . . talking Jesus. 

The woman who lavished Jesus’ feet with her perfume and her tears loved and honored Him more than his dinner host because she was most aware of her need that ushered the grace that redeemed her.  The host didn’t even offer Jesus a basin of water to wash His own feet.  There was no honor—no love—because there was no awareness of need. 

I have needs that can only be filled by an awareness of grace!  Everywhere . . .
All around . . .
In each moment . . .

This morning I found a post-it note in my young daughter's handwriting:

By Grace Alone
I Need
By Grace Alone

She knows more than her Mama!

New Christians need to learn the true meaning of grace.  
Long time Believers could learn a thing or too also.  

Wounded, damaged, sin-laden lives need to know 
they are welcomed at the feet of Jesus 
. . . just like that woman before them. 

Those who carry the most baggage need to be shown this truth of grace. 
Not judgment!
Not shame!
Not rejection!
Not  from those who claim to carry His name and His cross!

The more I recognize grace, 
the moreI believeI will be remembered for extending it.

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