From Pastor Tod
Receiving Grace

Most of us have a certain level of skill when it comes to beating ourselves up over our mistakes. In fact, when it comes to the subject of forgiveness, most people I talk to seem to have a harder time forgiving themselves than they do forgiving others.

Shame and regret over our failures can keep us from experiencing the fullness of God’s grace to us. Instead of coming to Him confidently with our hurts, habits, and hang-ups, we either try to avoid facing them, or we come to Him thinking that probably He’s tired of hearing from us about it and would rather we get all our issues fixed before coming to Him again.

That’s why we need to understand ‘grace’ as we go through our recovery. We’ve spent the time going over the hurts others have done to us, and are working on our amends list – so no wonder we need ‘grace’! Grace is what makes it possible to CELEBRATE our recovery and approach God with a sense of security.

“Let us, then, feel very sure that we can come before God’s throne where there is grace. There we can receive mercy and grace to help us when we need it.” (Hebrews 4:16 NCV)

You may not have experienced much grace from your family, your spouse, your employer, or maybe even your church. It may be difficult for you to learn how to relax into the truly amazing grace God has for you. But learning how to trust that God is offering mercy and grace to you is an important step in your recovery. Accepting His grace is the step necessary so you will be free to – in turn – offer that grace to others.

May you relax in the grip of His grace this week.