“5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all people.” – 1 Timothy 2:5-6
A few months back my wife and I went into a restaurant and sat down behind one of the pastors at the church we work for. My wife and I went on with our meal and when we finished our meal we waited for the waitress to bring us our bill, but when when she finally cleared our table she had stated that our bill had been taken care of by another customer. We then realized that the pastor had picked up our tab without us even knowing.
Just this evening when my wife and I got home from church I saw we had a bill in the mail from the hospital. My wife had to spend a few hours having her heart monitored and we hadn’t received a bill although it had been a couple of months. When I saw the bill sitting in our mailbox I instantly felt my heart rate speed up and I grew nervous. The thought ran through my head that we are a few days away from writing a large check to the IRS and that we couldn’t afford another large bill. I immediately tore it open so I could see what the damage was and this is what I saw….
These are just two instances where a debt we owed was covered. Whenever I experience grace at any level in my life, it makes me think about how amazing God’s grace for us truly is. His grace is amazing because we have done and can’t do anything to deserve it. It is a gift that is free for the taking. It is an unconditional gift.
So many times I get caught up, without even realizing it, in the idea that I am trying to earn God’s approval. I beat myself up mentally and then I am reminded that His love is deeper than I can imagine. That Romans 8:38-39 which reads, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” is more real than I can comprehend. That while I continually ask forgiveness for things in the past…God has long forgotten them.
Wherever you find yourself…know that the God we serve and the God that sent His Son to die for us offers a love that is unconditional. That even before we acknowledge Him as Lord that He offered us a prevenient grace that demonstrated how deep His love is for us. So accept this grace and know you are loved.