Thursday, October 7, 2010

Overwhelming

..This won't be a depressing post I promise..just stick with me as I get this out ;)

We all know and loath "Overwhelming"

Overwhelmed by problems

Finances

Kids

Spouses

Food (Thanksgiving is near--we All know what that's like!)

Even Snow (shudder)

But...what does it look like to be overwhelmed by grace? And not the ballerina type grace...

In our Bible Study this week we learned about grace so here's a little overview:

Justice is getting what we deserve. Mercy is not getting what we deserve. Grace is this above and beyond, over the top gift that we so do not deserve!

This story was used to describe it even further...

A murder on trial gets convicted (justice).

The father of the victim forgives the young man and goes before the court and asks that the death sentence not be served (Mercy).

Instead, the father wants all charges dropped and takes this young man into his home, adopts him and raises him as a son (Grace)

That really hit me...sure its noble to plead mercy, but in human terms, how many of us would welcome into our homes someone who committed such a vial act against us? But here we are, sin's death sentenced revoked..sin's forgiven...heirs adopted into God's family through Jesus. Hmmmm...makes you think huh?

So, now that we know what Grace is, what does it look like?

2 Corinthians 9:8

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.

Abounding: to have more than enough, to overflow, to go over the bounds

God doesn't give us juuuuust enough grace to squeak through. He gives us abounding grace--overwhelming, overflowing, more than enough.

What would it be like to be carried away by grace...

To be completely swept up in a flood of grace...covering all things at all times so that We may abound...

I'm keeping my eyes and heart open to grace today...and hope that this inspires you to do the same :)

5 comments:

jmquilts said...

Been thinking the same thoughts. I'm so thankful for overwhelming grace. I need something to abound in a good way! :)

shelly said...

You and Me both sister!

Michelle said...

A wonderful lesson!

gottaluvboyz said...

Simply wonderful post...what a great lesson. I thank you for sharing!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

The gift we don't deserve. You said it.