LENT DAY 7

Grace for the Screw-up By Paul and Sarah McCracken

Merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love for thousands, forgiving evil and sin. (Exodus 34:6-7)

Grace! Another word to describe grace is unmerited favour. God showed us grace when he sent Jesus to take the punishment we deserved on the cross. Grace is love that seeks you out when you have nothing to give in return. The grace of God is the most beautiful and powerful thing we will ever encounter, but it is also the most difficult concept for us to wrap our minds around. Grace pushes back against our understanding of what is fair and what people deserve.

There are times that we find it hard to believe that God in his love always wants what is best for us. We have had times when we felt that if God really knew everything about us, then there would be no way he could love us. Paul and I have gone through difficult times in our marriage where we felt more unlovable than loveable. But when we accept that He truly loves us, screw-ups and all, it transforms us, in fact grace enables and powers everything in the journey. Grace has the ability to fuel our relationships.

As it says in 1 John 4:19, “We love because He first loved us.”   We let the little irritating things slide because God is so gracious to forgive all of our failings. We pick up the slack for each other when we are tired and done. We support each other in parenting our kids because we need to pull together. We are better together. But that’s a hard thing to do isn’t it? Accepting grace and then passing it on to others?!

Take time today to thank God for his grace to you!

Is there someone in your life who needs the grace of God shown through you? How are you going to give them grace?

Prayer: God thank you that you are not angry the second we screw-up. Thank you that you freely give us grace. We accept your grace. Help us to wrap our heads around your free gift. Help us to extend grace to others. We need your steadfast love. Amen.