Monday, February 6, 2012

Journey to Grace

God has overwhelmed me with His love and grace this past month. So many things worked out because of His hand, and I can only imagine what my situation would look like right now without His mercy. I don't deserve His love and I feel ashamed that I need it. I feel guilty for needing Him and His mercy, but I was born a sinner! There is absolutely nothing I can do to change that. And I can't undo the sins that I've already done. But God can change that. He makes us a new creation daily. Daily. How amazing is that? We don't have to live with regret, shame, or guilt. We need to look up to God for His love and grace instead of down into ourselves wherein we only find more guilt and shame. So let go, and let God. We can't change the past, but God can change out future. And remember, it is a journey to grace! Not a journey in a sense that we have to earn His grace or love, but we need to realize we have His unending love and grace already! We are already forgiven! So live in the freedom of His love! If you believe this, live it so that you can show Christ to others through your renewed heart. Live and love radically. Open your heart to His forgiveness and grace, and forgive and love as He does. If you are dealing with guilt, shame or regret, and wondering how God will change your future, here are some references that may help:

1. The Christian Atheist by Craig Groeschel, especially the chapter 'When you believe in God but are ashamed of your past'

2. II Corinthians 4, the whole thing is wonderful!

3. Look up verses on love! Remember how much He loves you because of who you are, His child, not because of anything you have or haven't done! You are dearly loved and deeply delighted in!

xo,
Allie

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