last night I learned that Jesus is Grace. I never really equated the two. It's probably all the formal, certain church's doctrine that has been drilled into my mind that through certain sacraments or rituals that forgiveness/eternal life is obtained. I am not 100% sure where my mind falls( and is up for debate among thousands and religious experts and im no expert), but I definitely think and know that Jesus is love. His act of selfless love & sacrifice for us is grace.
According to dictionary.com this was the entry for grace:
grace [greys] Show IPA noun, verb, graced, grac·ing. noun
favor or goodwill. Synonyms: kindness, kindliness, love, benignity; condescension.
a manifestation of favor, especially by a superior: It was only through the dean's grace that I wasn't expelled from school. Synonyms: forgiveness, charity, mercifulness. Antonyms: animosity, enmity, disfavor.
mercy; clemency; pardon: He was saved by an act of grace from the governor. Synonyms: lenity, leniency, reprieve. Antonyms: harshness.
Jesus is for goodwill of the world. He offers us forgiveness for our sins. He is ever so merciful and kind. He favors us. He loves us.
I know that i struggle with completely accepting this gift some days. It blows my mind. Unfortunately, I hesitate with the fact and the truth that I am completely forgiven for my sins: past, present and future. it seems against nature (something our human minds cant quite grasp, or at least mine lol), but the thing is this is supernatural. it's a divine gift if we choose to believe it and i certainly do. This was all made possible by the son of God. By Jesus Christ. He bridged the gap. He made us, the Church, whole again. it fills me with joy to know that the gospel of Christ is being shared throughout the world unto all the nations.
One of my newly favorite pastors is Joseph Prince. I first heard him preach as a guest on Joel Osteen's service ( and Joel is based in Texas) and i was hooked. not til last night did i learn that Joseph Prince is pastor of New Creation Church in Singapore! Singapore! Amazing! I think of us believers as mini disciples. We may minister unto others without even knowing really, through our kind words, or kind gestures.
[Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,]---matthew 28:19
I sometimes fall trap to the lies of the darkness who whispers things to me that im not good enough. that im ugly. that im not going to succeed. that this or that won't ever happen. All of these things bring my spirit down. They are toxic, they are false. My hope is in Jesus Christ! He takes the impossible and makes them possible! He makes old things new. He refreshes our spirit. He loves with a great, purposeful love.
However, by God's goodness, mercy and faithfulness, I know i am loved. I remember, I am good enough. His spirit is in me. Whenever i feel weak, I know I can be made strong through Christ when I lean on him. He showers his grace upon me, even though I mess up all the time. His love is unconditional. I love that about God! And with Jesus as the perfect example of grace, love and forgiveness, I am learning to love unconditionally. no. matter. what. I realize that I am wonderfully made. Yeh, my physical condition isn't perfect, but one day it will be again i believe. Because God created me and his works are good, I am a pretty awesome person and so are YOU! Believe it my friends!
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[I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.]---psalm 139:14
Our Father chose us! We are special to him. We are good enough. We are loved. We are wonderfully made. If you like Christian worship songs, I have a good one for you that I just heard last night. I think it's a beautiful song.