The first in The Grace Series.
Where can my searching, seeking, wandering, longing soul go to find grace?
The place of grace is found in the shadow of the cross, where Love poured out His life-blood and the heart of the Ransom actually burst because of His great love for me. This is the grace I need. This is the grace I long for. I rest in the shadow of this grace and I am washed. I am reconciled. The righteousness of the Ransom, the Righteous One, is reckoned to me. Me. Amazing grace! How can it be?
I come to the cross for cleansing, for pardon. I cling to the cross because I have nowhere else to go. If I were to turn back, to reject this grace, where then would I go? You alone, O LORD, have the Words of Life. Life is more than breath, more than sleeping and waking. More than work and rest and recreation. Life is eternal. And the Eternal Life-Word is Christ. There is no life apart from Him.
This Life, this New Life, is imputed to me. Imputed. Attributed. Credited. Transferred. A spiritual blood transfusion that brings me back to life. The Righteous One, the Holy One, the Perfect One, the Sinless One, spilled His blood for me so that I could become the Ransomed One. God, the Righteous Judge, looks at me and says, “Not guilty.” Oh, but I am guilty. You have no idea how guilty I am. And then He looks at me and says, “Made whole.” Oh, but I am not whole. I am wounded. You have no idea how wounded I am. I am bleeding out.
Over this guiltiness, this woundedness, this bleeding out from the wretched mess of sin and hurt and shame lies the shadow of the cross. The Ransom takes his nail-scarred hands and gently binds up my wounds. He softly whispers, “You will not bleed anymore, because I have bled for you.” Then He applies the healing balm, the soul-balm that heals my broken heart. Because of this great love with which He loved me, this great grace by which He saved me, I can be His hands and feet to bind up the wounds of others. I must be.
For me, Wife and Mother, this starts at home. Home is our place of grace because the shadow of the cross lies over this place. We extend grace to one another in light of the far greater grace extended to us. And we open our doors and our arms and our hearts wide to welcome others that they may also receive this grace. We give grace because we have received Grace. We cannot give what we have not received.
Freely you have received, freely give.
Come, Sinner. Come, receive His grace. Receive it wholly, fully, and completely. And then give grace — as freely as He has given it to you.
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- Ephesians 2:8-9 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.
- John 6:68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”
- Mark 10:45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.
- 2 Corinthians 5:21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
- Psalm 147:3 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
- Matthew 10:7-8 As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.
- Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.