Grace. Neither cheap nor easy.

Grace. Grace is neither cheap nor easy. It sounds as if it is easy but in reality, it is one of the most powerful and difficult forces on earth.  I recently heard Brene Brown say, "In order for forgiveness to really happen, something has to die." This slayed me. Yet, it is true. True to the depths. When we offer grace to someone, we die to our rights, we die to our hurt and even our expectations. In order for forgiveness (grace) to really happen, something has to die. 


This caught my eye as I was driving by.


This means there is a cost. For a time, I didn't think through the implications of grace in my own life. I could even say I took advantage of grace. Now, that is a tricky statement because I think grace has no limit on it, no expiration date. However, my response to it became a bit cheap and easy. I wasn't considering the cost, the weight, the heaviness of grace. Reading through the Old Testament and seeing that the sacrificial system basically taught the people, "I have sinned, something has to die" over and over again brought the reality home. I have sinned and something has to die. That "something" should be me. The people under the sacrificial system saw that the animals took their place in death. They would actually transfer the sin to the animal. Jesus became the sacrifice and humanity's sin was transferred to Him. In this way, He took my place. His death should have been my death. This is amazing grace. It could be written like this: 

I have sinned, something has to die. 
I have sinned, something has to die. 
I have sinned, something has to die.  Someone did. 

Because of this amazing grace, I can live in exactly the same way. Jesus went before me, forgiving a myriad of sin, making it possible for me to do the same. What is my job as a believer? To walk in the same manner. "In order for forgiveness to really happen, something has to die." This sounds marvelous. This sounds wonderful. This sounds so easy. It's not. If anyone tells you differently, don't listen. Grace is neither cheap nor easy. It costs something to give it, to live it. This challenges me every stinkin' day. Every day, I have a choice. Offer grace or hold on to unforgiveness? Grace says to move toward a person who has hurt you. Grace says to cover an offense. Grace says to love despite rejection. Grace says to die to the right to be right. Easy? NO! Worth it? YES! 




What challenges you about living a life of grace? 


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