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There's Always Room for Grace

Updated: Oct 19, 2020


As I grow deeper in my faith, my expectations for myself have simultaneously sprouted. Of course, I know that I can't be perfect. But the more I read God's Word, the more I yearn to be more like Him. Obviously, this is a good thing - but it can become quite a dangerous mental game.


On the days when I snap at those around me, or let my bad attitude spiral a continuous negative energy encompassing the space that surrounds me, I seem to fall into a deeper hole - one that is fueled with disappointment.


How can I represent Jesus if I'm bitter?

How can I say I'm a Christian and act that way?

How can I show people Christ if I'm engaging in that behavior?


While these are important questions to ponder, and to pray about, they shouldn't be promptings of guilt and shame.


We are going to mess up.

We are going to have bad days.


These, I am realizing, are inevitable.


Because without our mess ups, God has no platform to display His gracious power in our lives.


Let's look at David.


King David - whom God set apart, and was called a man after God's own heart, struggled with sin. In the middle of his mountaintop, after God blessed him with victory after victory, David found himself guilty of adultery and murder - a consequence birthed by lust.


How could a man who sought the Lord so earnestly, and was blessed with God's favor, partake in such sinful desires?


Before we start to point fingers, let's take a small sip of humility here, friends.


We all fall short. We all find ourselves doing things we said we never would, or acting in complete opposition to the words we read in the Bible with such reverential fear.


Even though, like David, our hearts yearn to please God, we can still find ourselves entangled in sin.


Of course, there are consequences to our sin, but these come to prevent us from wanting to partake in seemingly enticing activities again. They are meant to illustrate the emptiness and sting of sin.


David's consequence was a tough one. After he slept with another man's wife and got her pregnant, God took this child from David by killing him.


David's response to this was an incredibly humbling illustration. Rather than becoming angry with God's decision, David fasted and worshiped the Lord. He realized that he was at fault, and that he needed his Savior.


While God took this baby from David, He also displayed immense grace and mercy by giving him another son shortly after, along with more victory on the battlefield.


David's mistake did not alter his anointing.

His sin did not disqualify him from God's blessings.


While there may be consequences for our sin, there is always abundant grace waiting - as long as we repent and turn our hearts to the Lord.


David's response of worship in the midst of a heart-wrenching loss is so admirable. No matter how far we stray, we can be confident that God is waiting for our surrender with open arms.

He doesn't want our perfection, He wants our hearts.


God is not mad at you. He's not upset with your downfall. He may not like the sin, but He is still so incredibly in love with you. And He wants to bless you.


But first, our hearts need to be right with Him.


Notice, too, how David wept and fasted for his child - but once he was dead, David moved on. He did not stay in a place of guilt, but rather continued on, in confidence that the Lord was still with him.


While it's important to repent of our sins, we need to also truly believe that we are forgiven. We do not need to bask in this feeling of condemnation, but rather grasp onto the undeserved mercy of God with grateful arms.


The devil wants to keep you in a place of shame, but God longs to be gracious to you.


The child that God gave David after this situation was named Jedidiah, meaning "loved by the Lord". Wow. What a portrayal of a happy ending.


Though David messed up, God did not take his throne away, or keep him from being blessed with children.


So, go easy on yourself. Even Jesus' disciples messed up. You are going to, too - hate to break it to ya. And believe me, I'm preaching to myself here.


God never asked us to be perfect.

We can long to be better, and do our best to abstain from sin because we know of its stinging consequences, but there is grace available, too.


Pour your heart to the Lord in repentance, and watch how He will redeem your life, bestowing beauty where there were once ashes.


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