The Messiness of Grace

Grace is a messy topic. By its nature, it doesn't sound like it, but it is. What do I mean? Consider that Grace always involves sacrifice. For atonement, a Sacrifice needed to be made. In the Garden,, God covered Adam and Eve's nakedness with animal skins. He had to take His good creation, and cause the first death in His good world; God sacrificed the animal(s) to cover humanity's sin. To rescue His world, God had to wipe clean the evil of humanity, they would not repent, and so one small family and two of each animal (more of others), were carried through the flood in safety, and so Noah and his children restarted the world. Yet they rebelled again. And again. And Again. God provided His love over and again, and it has been rejected, over and again.

God loves without fail, and holds back His righteous, just, judgement so that all have an opportunity to be saved. The Cross, if you needed more proof, is evidence of this. God watched His son suffer and die, because it was the only way the righteousness of His covenant could be fulfilled: humanity failed its part, God would not. And why? All of this to give an ungrateful and unjust world an opportunity to become what they were always meant to be. It is that unmerited, undeserved favor in spite of our rebellion, which may be rejected, but was offered and freely sacrificed anyway. When considering Grace, consider the messiness of it, and all God has given for its cause, and for you. Live as if you've been saved and transformed by it, and don't pass it by! James 4:1-12 What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”? But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.

Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?

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