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Why Are We So Scared of Grace?

Why Are We So Scared of Grace?
By Angel Casiano

“Demolishing the Mockery against Grace”

Why are we so scared of grace? The Bible tells us in First John 4:16 that “God is love.” As we look deeper, we’ll find in First Corinthians 13:8 that one on of the most powerful characteristics of love is that it “never fails.” The foundation of everything that God is and does flows out of the amazing reality that the nature of God is love and that He has never lost a battle. Love is undefeated! Why are we connecting grace to love? Nelson’s New Illustrated Dictionary defines grace as: “Favor or kindness shown without regard to the worth or merit of the one who receives it and in spite of what that person deserves. Grace is one of the key attributes of God. The Lord God is “merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abounding in goodness and truth.” (Ex. 34:6). Therefore, grace is almost always associated with mercy, love, compassion, and patience. Jesus represented the Father’s greatest expression of love to the world (John 3:16) and He manifested that love to humanity in two ways, as explained in John 1:16-17

“And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace.

For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” (John 1:16-17)

It seems like there is a great concern that grace is ineffective because it can open doors for people to abuse it. We rather embrace a system of punishments with rules and regulations designed to change us from the outside, in. This system of punishment gives the punisher a degree of power, control and authority. It satisfies the person in authority with being able to see outer behavior changes; rather than changes deep in our hearts. There is, without a doubt, a place for laws to be enforced for the safety of our communities. The Bible clearly encourages us to obey the law of the land. However, when it comes down to changing the heart, nothing is more effective than the grace of God! Moses brought us the law, even as he himself was not able to follow the law, which became a typology of how ineffective that system was. Jesus, on the other hand, brought us truth and grace as He himself fulfilled the whole law which became a typology of the heart changing power of grace.

The law provided us with the unreachable righteousness of God and the consequences of not being able to follow what is unreachable to start with. Grace sounded the trumpet of undeserving favor expressed in the form of blessings and mercy that holds back the judgment that we deserve. Grace goes beyond the law as it fulfills the law. Through grace we are given an opportunity to be saved in the fullness and sincerity of inviting Jesus into our hearts for the forgiveness of our sins! According to the law we have no hope of salvation as we can’t fulfill the law on our own. So, can grace be abused? Can it really be an issue of concern to extend grace? Impossible! Galatians 6:7 states: “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked.” Grace can be used as an excuse to sin just like we use God’s name to give us a sense of spirituality to justify many of our own doing. Using grace purposely as an excuse to do whatever we want is a clear indicator that we are voluntarily rejecting grace. It is an indicator that we have not allowed the love of God to penetrate our hearts and we are, like many others, rejecting the undeserved gift that God has for us.

Grace is not risky; grace is the only way to change the human heart and you either receive it or you don’t. The inevitable risk and sure failure is for us not to embrace grace. Whenever your child, your student or any other person under your authority does “good or bad” it does not necessarily reflect you; it is that person’s reflection of their choice. Grace goes beyond “good and bad” parenting; grace goes beyond the injustices we suffer through life. Grace is the power that helps us not only to be saved, but to forgive and to love the unlovable. It is grace that raises anointed ministers out of broken homes. It is grace that causes you to bless the one that sexually abused you as a child. It is grace that causes a marriage to be restored; it is grace that brings forth reconciliations. It is grace that gives you everything that was stolen from you back; it is grace that causes you to give to those that took it! It is grace that causes you to embrace the love of God and to learn to love and accept yourself in the process. How can grace fail? How can we possibly be concerned with allowing grace to flow out of our lives?

We are not called to judge anybody; God will Judge everyone. We are not called to take our revenge; that belongs to God. If you receive His grace, He will not be fair with you, as He will give you the blessings and salvation that you can’t ever deserve. If you reject His grace, He will be fair with you, as He becomes your terrifying judge from the great white throne. Perhaps that is why the Bible encourages us to pray for one another and that includes our enemies. No one will get away with anything, unless they sincerely embrace God’s grace; then their hearts will be truly changed. Is that not what we want? Why do we keep adopting Jonah and the Pharisees attitude of being more excited about God’s judgment and punishment than about the releasing of grace? Heaven rejoices over one person getting saved; it seems like we get up-set when salvation and blessings are flowing over the people we don’t like.

We are all at times anxious for the sounding of the trumpet of God’s judgment, but how do we change our view when we are the ones standing guilty with no justification for innocents and with no justification for freedom. It is then that we cry out for God’s grace! It is perhaps the reason why some times God has to allow us to go through hell and back so that our hearts can be soften and more willing to extend grace when others are caught in sin. Jesus needed to remind the people that were ready to stone the woman caught in adultery about their own sins. That very action caused them; from the old to the young, to drop the stones of judgment. Perhaps we need to learn to drop our own rocks. So, people in authority; relax! Embrace the grace of God; extend the grace of God; teach the grace of God and let God’s grace do the work. Don’t be impatience because you feel that changes are not happening fast enough; ask the Lord to search your own heart and you will quickly realize that we all desperately need His grace; that everybody has issues in their hearts; immature souls and shameful fleshly desires.

So, shall we conclude that God has failed? Absolutely not! The choice is ours to reject or accept His grace. For those that embrace His grace, change is inevitable; you will change from the inside, out. His grace will convict you, His grace will confront you, His grace will transform you and His grace will take you from glory to glory. We can’t afford to reject grace; we have done more than enough damage already! Religion condemns us forever; you will forever be remembered for that thing you did with no chance of ever doing anything for God. Religion disqualifies you; takes you away from ministry. Religion will always arrogantly give you that look of disgust that vividly reminds you that you don’t belong.

Grace is hope; the hope that declares before heaven that it does not matter what you have done, you can make it. It doesn’t matter what men say, you will be anointed. It don’t matter what little education you have, wisdom will be released in you. Oh, what else can we say about grace? From your cross as you are getting ready to die in the presence of your accusers; after a life of terrorizing sin; I can hear Jesus say, after your heart turns to Him; after you realize that you are nothing without Him, after you reach out to Him and cry out remember me!: He says to us “Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.” Nothing else, nothing more; Jesus simply says; today come to me, today I will heal you, I will forgive you, I will restore you; today let me be the lover of your souls, let me embrace you, let me change and love you in the process like none other. May the grace of God be welcomed in our hearts today; in our homes, in our schools, in our programs, in our cities and in our nation. May we embrace grace as the best medicine to mend our broken hearts, our wounded souls and disturbed minds. Let’s demolish the mockery against grace not by tireless arguments, not by proven point, but by resting in God and by a deep knowing that we can trust God with our lives. It is not over; your best days are ahead of you!

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