Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Living In Grace {Day 27}

Day 27

I was browsing Pinterest looking for quotes about grace, I came across this one:

"Shame says that because I am flawed, I am unacceptable.  Grace says that though I am flawed, I am cherished." 

I tried to do a search to see who originally said this, or who to give credit to for this quote, but I came up empty handed.  Regardless, this quote is awesome. 

I think often times we shame ourselves far more than the world does, we are our toughest critics.  We believe the lies we tell ourselves, or better yet, the lies that Satan whispers in our ears.  You aren't good enough, look at them they have it all together, why don't you?  Her husband seems really happy, what is she doing that you aren't?  Now those kids, they listen and obey, unlike your kids who are rotten. 

Ever heard those lies before?  Maybe it's not about marriage and kids, but about your job, your bank account, your house, your car, your {fill in the blank}.

Shame shows up in the most harmless places yet leaves a lasting hurtful mark.  Sometimes people use shame as a motivator.  I have found myself doing that to my kids.  I don't start off on the shameful path, yet my sinful words end up there and I find myself shaming or guilting my kids into things.       

God is so amazing, he doesn't use shame or guilt with us.  There's conviction, but that is not shameful, that is an act of obedience.  We should want to repent because we know on the other side of that act there is wonderful, glorious grace we can dance and live in. 

God loves us so much that he would rather take us at our worst than when we are at our best and think we can do it alone.  God loves you so much he wants to bandage and heal your flaws, your scars, your hurts.  He cares for us so much that he sent his son to die a horrible, brutal death just to save you.  Jesus came to save all of us, not just the good ones, all of us.  There is nothing you can do that will make God stop loving you. 

The world may say you are flawed or messed up, but God says you are his, his perfect creation.  Live in that truth today. 

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