For those of us who have found Christ, He gives grace in abundance, as well. He's there to love us no matter what and his forgiveness is always there, if we ask for it.
But does that grace have a limit?
Part of becoming and being a Christian is dealing with the sin in our lives. God is gracious to forgive when we ask, but it shouldn't be an habitual, ask-for-forgiveness-for-the-same-thing-every-night-because-it-makes-me-feel-better kinda deal. Dealing with sin isn't just about confessing it and asking God's forgiveness, it's about making every effort to change. Don't think you can fool God when you ask for his forgiveness with no intentions of trying to change. He knows what's in your heart. Grace is something we don't deserve, but I don't ever want to be accused of trying to take advantage of it so that I can continue to let the sins that I struggle with control me.
Last night, my family (yes, all five of us!) was blessed to get to go to a concert featuring Crowder, Capital Kings, and Ellie Holcomb. Great, great music. Extraordinary beards.
I hadn't been planning to attend or take the kids, so it was a nice surprise. The concert was phenomenal, as I knew it would be. Ellie Holcomb shared some great songs full of scripture and wisdom. As she was talking between songs, though, she said something along the lines of, "I'm a chronic worrier. Yes, I disobey the Lord on a daily basis." I appreciated her honesty and candor about it. We worry all the time, even though we know we're not supposed to.
I said it very clearly in a text to a friend today. I was talking about my worries, especially the upcoming surgery for my husband next week and said, "There's a lot going on. I know God's in control, but that doesn't mean that His plans are the same as mine. His are always better in the long run...." It's not that God's not in control that worries me. My worries are more that God's plans might not be exactly what I think they should be.
I can see very plainly that God's plans are always better than what my mind imagines, but it's always easier to see in hindsight. As a challenge to all you chronic, God-disobeying worriers (sounds bad, doesn't it?), let's examine some of the lyrics of a well-known hymn:
from Count Your Blessings
Chorus 1Romans 6:1-2
God, thank you that your grace is enough for even me at my worst. Please show me the times when I rely too fully on Your grace and not enough on the Holy Spirit to help me in my battles.
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