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The Lavishness of His Grace

January 29, 2012 5 comments

I don’t know if you have ever heard anything like this before, but I have several times in my time in church.

Someone will give a testimony about their life since becoming a follower of Christ.  They will say something about how Christ is building them a mansion in heaven.  They will say that they don’t deserve that and that He doesn’t have to do that.  All Christ needs to do is just build them a little cabin over in the corner of Heaven.  That will be good enough.

Do you know what I say to that?

Hogwash!!!

The truth is that none of us deserve a mansion built for us in Heaven.  We deserve nothing associated with grace.  That’s what makes it grace.

Paul tells us in Ephesians that God lavishes His grace upon us.

God doesn’t just nickel and dime grace to us.

He lavishes.

Here is how Paul describes it.

“In Him, we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace, which He lavished on us.”

Did you catch all of that?

Redemption.

Forgiveness.

Riches.

Grace.

Lavished.

If you still can’t get the full picture, imagine it this way.  Valentine’s Day is coming up.  Imagine a husband giving his wife a dozen roses.  He does this because he loves her and on this day wants to lavish his love on her.  When she gets the roses, she says, “A dozen roses are too many.  I don’t deserve this.  A single rose would have been good enough.”

That doesn’t happen, does it?  No.  She displays them prominently.  If she received them at work, she sets them so that everyone sees them.  She wants everyone to know how much her husband loves her and lavished his love on her.

That’s the way it should be with us and the grace that God lavishes upon us.

Let’s display it.

Let’s show it off.

Do you have trouble accepting the grace God lavishes on you?  Do you show the world how much He lavished His grace on you?

140 Words (or less) About The Christian F-Bomb

September 22, 2011 14 comments

It’s Twitterific Thursday.   Here are 140 words or less I write about a particular subject.

Forgiveness is a big deal to those of us who follow Christ.  We have been forgiven–everything.   Faults and failures are forgiven.  Fights are forgiven.  Of course, all of these trace back to the original one that is forgiven–Sin.

The question becomes: How forgiving are those of us who are forgiven much?  We either forgive or we don’t.  We like to say, “I’ll forgive, but I won’t forget.”  Let’s not waste our time.  That’s not forgiveness.  That just allows us to throw whatever sin, failure, fault or fight back into someone’s face and still feel good about ourselves.

Christ forgave.  Period.  Even those who were nailing Him to the cross.  He asked His Father to forgive them.  What other choice do we have?

How easy is it for you to forgive those who have wronged you?

***For a bonus on forgiveness, check out my friend Rob’s post from yesterday***