Grace! What a wonderful word. God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense. We never deserve it but ever need it. We never outgrow the need for grace.
Some days our sins and weaknesses feel like that snowball tumbling down the hill gaining size and speed. With regret, we look back over words spoken, emotions felt, attitudes displayed, and actions performed that remind us we are woefully fallen. We are not yet fully perfected.
What do we need on days like this? A scolding?: “You know better!” A moralistic pep talk?: “Come on. You can do better than that!” Sympathy?: “It’s OK. You are just human.”
No. These are not the answers to our sins and guilt. What we need is grace! God’s redeeming, forgiving grace. We need another drink from the river of life. We need to wash afresh at the fountain of cleansing. We need to keep believing the gospel of our Lord Jesus.
What we need, God freely and liberally gives to those who humble themselves. He is no miser with the riches of His grace and forgiveness. The psalmist revealed in this truth, “Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD!…If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities, O LORD, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared…with the LORD there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption.” (Ps. 130:1, 3-4, 7)
If the weight of your sin, guilt, and regret is burdening you today, then God’s grace is still for you! Let us daily confess our sin; He will forgive. Let us humbly acknowledge our guilt; He will abundantly pardon.
Fear not that thy need shall exceed His provision, our God ever yearns His resources to share; Lean hard on the arm everlasting, availing; The Father both thee and thy load will upbear. His love has no limits, his grace has no measure, His power no boundary known unto men; For out of His infinite riches in Jesus He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again. — Annie J. Flint
Chuck Cook is the pastor of Grace Bible Church - Rolla.