Accepting Grace

I’ve learned a lot in the past several months about offering grace to those around me. I’ve learned to not harbor anger against others, to give cheerfully and sacrificially, and to forgive patiently and unceasingly ((not by any means am I perfect at those things, but God has been teaching me and working in me))

But what I haven’t learned is to let others do those same things for me.

I don’t think I should get help. I don’t think I’m worth it. I don’t think I deserve grace. And frankly, I don’t deserve grace.

But God didn’t take that into account when He forgave us {according to the riches of His grace. Which He lavished upon us — Ephesians 1:7-8}

I like to think I don’t need help. I like to think I can do it myself and take responsibility for everything on my own. I like to be the first to help everyone else, and the last to ask for help myself. I’ve claimed 2 Corinthians 12:9 as my life verse, and yet, I act as if I don’t need His grace. I try to make myself enough without it.

{if you are ready to partake of grace you have not to atone for your sins–you have merely to accept of the atonement. All that you want to do is to cry, “God have mercy upon me,” and you will receive the blessing — Dwight L. Moody}

I’m not supposed to try to make myself enough. God has only asked me to stand here with hands open and accept the grace that He lavishes on me through Himself and the people He has put around me.

He didn’t ask me to be the answer to every problem or to do everything for myself. Rather, He commanded the opposite. He asked me to be a member of His body and to work in unity with other believers.

{for as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another — Romans 12:4-5}

{two are better than one, because they have a better return for their labor: if either of them falls down, one can help the other up — Ecclesiastes 4:9-10}

If I truly believe in the power of the church working as a body, I have to not only work as one of its members, but let those around me build me up and help me as well. I have to learn to accept grace from those around me and most of all grace from God. I can’t do this life alone, but I can do it through Christ and His people because I’m drowning in His sufficient grace.

So to all of the people around me who have shown me grace this week, thank you. I’m sorry that I held on to my stubborn pride and didn’t want to let anyone help me. I’m sorry I wasn’t grateful enough and rather remained adamant that I could do it all myself. I can’t. God knew I needed every one of you, and you’ve helped me more than you will ever know.

I can’t do life alone, and praise the LORD, I am not designed or required to live in solidarity. I need only be humble enough to ask for and accept help and grace from those around me who want to show it. Most of all, I need to humble myself before the throne of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords every day of my life and ask Him to forgive me, redeem me, cleanse me, and thank Him for His abundant grace. He has never yet failed me and I know He won’t start failing me now.

Taryn

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