Do you deserve grace?
How do you get grace?
In human relationships grace is often earned. Say my wife does something to offend me, or to disrespect me (I know, totally hypothetical). Do I give her grace or do I wait until she owns up to her mistake? Once she owns up to it, then I give her grace and forgive her. Once she asks for forgiveness, then I will forgive her.
That’s not grace.
Grace, by it’s very nature, is undeserved and given before it is ever asked for.
This weekend, at all of our campuses, I want to unpack this thought by looking at a story of two people in Luke 7: Simon, the pharisee and a prostitute woman. The woman comes into the room where Simon and Jesus are eating and begins to weep over Jesus’ feet and dries them with her hair and then anoints them with expensive perfume. It’s scandalous. Seriously. It’s not right. It’s not appropriate. But Jesus doesn’t rebuke the woman. Matter of fact, Jesus doesn’t even forgive her in that moment. What we see is that Jesus had already forgiven her and that’s why she was there, expressing her love the way she did.
The grace offered to us by God, through Jesus Christ, is scandalous; it’s undeserved; it’s inappropriate to our actions. But that’s not up to us. What is up to us is whether we will accept the grace He offers, even before we deserve it, before we ask for it, before we seek forgiveness.
Hope you can join us this weekend. Have an awesome rest of your week in God’s grace.