Grace

Grace is probably my favorite word in faith. Grace is the word that I probably use more than any others in sermons, conversations, teaching.

Grace is so important talking about God’s love for us, our response to that love, and our response for daily living.

Grace really is the foundation for the Christian life. Everything comes back to grace.

Everything.

Look at what happens today in Luke 9:53-56:

But the people did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. And when his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to tell fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” But he turned and rebuked them. And they went on to another village.

They are rejected by a town of the Samaritans. James and John tell Jesus, hey, you want us to call down fire from heaven and consume them?

(First, by the way, they don’t have the power to that, only God can do that. Let’s not mistake what God is doing through us for “our abilities.” It’s God working through us)

And how does Jesus respond?

He rebukes them. He responds with grace.

He had just been rejected by this village. He had come to show them mercy and salvation and healing.

And He had been rejected.

How did He respond to that? Grace. He didn’t judge or bring down fire.

He rebuked the ones that wanted to.

Why? That word again – grace.

The ones that rejected Him just then, He would later go on to die for them, as He would die for the world.

He responded to their rejection by loving them anyway.

Just like He loves us, anyway.

Today, you are loved. No matter what’s happened in your life, happening in your life, going to happen in your life.

Today, you are loved. Remember that. Remember that everything, everything comes back to grace.

Today, live in the power of His grace.

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