What’s So Amazing About Grace?
Being the nerd that I am, I went to one of my favorite books: What’s So Amazing About Grace? by Philip Yancey. I love the way Yancey writes for two reasons: 1) you feel like you’re chatting with a friend and 2) he says things as they are and admits that life can get messy.
Yancey wrote an entire book about grace because he realized that grace is one of those “churchy” words that we often throw around so much that it has lost it’s significance. I love the way he describes the essence of grace:
Grace means there’s nothing we can do to make God love us more or and there’s nothing we can do to make God love us less.
Just because we exist, God loves us. I’ve been thinking about what that really means.
Being a better person isn’t going to earn me more love and making a bad decision isn’t going to cause God to turn his back on me.
How incredibly profound; the implications are freeing.
Becoming a parent has helped me to understand this concept. When Caleb learns a new concept or does something well, I love him, but not anymore than I did before. When Caleb tries to climb in the oven or stands up in the tub for the 27th time, I don’t love him less, even though I’m thoroughly discouraged that he seems to have forgotten how to listen.
Grace allows me to be who I am, mistakes and all. Grace allows me to learn from my mistakes and grow because of them. Grace assures me that even when I’ve messed up really badly, God still loves me.
What impact does grace have on your life?
I’m writing about grace all month. Read the other posts here.
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