Hi, guys! How was your Memorial Day weekend? Did you do anything fun? I had a blast. Like seriously, it was one of the best weekends I’ve had in years. And you know what? Something major happened. I think I’m starting to understand grace.
Yes, I am part of a blog named “gospel girls,” and I’m just now starting to grasp the awesomeness of grace. It’s been so awesome that I’m kinda on a grace high, and I don’t want to come down. So here’s what I’m thinking… I’m going to talk it out with all of you (because clearly that’s what I do) and just like lap up all this new understanding of grace like it’s chocolate. Because it’s even better than that. And thank you all for being a part of this conversation. I seriously love every single comment and email and Facebook message you send.
So here’s something I was thinking about last week. The Bible tells us we’re more than conquerors. We are co-heirs with Christ. And I believe every word, but I think – again – it’s taken this grace awakening to really get it.
First off, here’s the big part I’m excited about: we’re free. Did you know that? I mean, I knew that, but seriously I think somewhere along the past two years I stopped knowing that. Or at least my thoughts, feelings, and actions stopped reflecting that. I honestly don’t know if I truly felt free. I didn’t like that feeling. And I don’t want anyone else to feel that way either.
So freedom. That’s the most exciting part. Because no matter what the world throws at us now we’re already free. That’s helping me work through the next part – that being more than a conqueror doesn’t mean we don’t have wounds. And it doesn’t mean we won’t have hard time after hard time. It just means that these wounds and hard times won’t defeat us.
Here’s why I think we’re told we’re more than conquerors: Once we know we’re free, I mean really know it, our hope is no longer diminished by the crummy things that happen. Because our hope is no longer in what this world has to offer. It’s in Christ and what He’s already done. It’s in the home He’s created for us that doesn’t inflict any wounds or have any hard times in store. And it’s in His love that is just so big we can’t even comprehend it. Even when we mess up and even as hard things happen.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 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.
– Romans 8:35-38 (NIV)
Even if our health fails. Even if our boss fires us. Even if half the people we meet think we’re weird and we’re not sure why. When hard time after hard time after hard time hits or when things just aren’t what we expected or imagined. We’re more than conquerors. Because we’re already free.
Now that I’m starting to get that, I’m like “Oh, why did I ever forget that? Why did I ever stop living like I’m free?” We’re more than conquerors. We’re free, because of what Jesus did.
What about you guys? Do you have any thoughts? Anything to share about grace now that I’m on this grace-high?
P.S. More good stuff here:
My hubster is a huge Charles Stanley fan. He just sent me this link to a ton of articles by Charles Stanley on adversity. Check it out!
Original photo by earl53 from morguefile.com. All cropping, text, and embellishments added by Stephanie Oh.