Monday, 27 August 2007

This week we were back with RTD (religiously transmitted diseases). Grace is something that we often talk about in Church and I wonder do we really get it.
Eph 3: 18 - 19
I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
I understand why some people never get it, I mean that’s why we need the power of God, the Holy Spirit; you see it goes deeper than any natural friendship or family mafia. You, me, we need the power of God to understand it.

Grace what is it GRACE? Its God’s riches at Christ’s Expense and that's a great definition but sometimes it can be easy to detatch ourselves from this def.I like another definition I heard from Ed Gungor; Grace is a face to face encounter with the love of God. Is it that we get grace or grace gets us? In 1 Jn 4:19 we love because he first loved us; grace is like a bang on the knee its a natural response or reflex!

Grace is something we need to embrace daily, the problem is that grace isn’t innate to us yet sin is. Grace is not our natural habitat and so we need to find pathways that reach out beyond ourselves. There are spiritual disciplines that we practice and there is this thinking that discipline is the enemy of grace. Maybe we could call spiritual disciplines 'Grace paths' like prayer, reading, fasting, solitude when we walk those paths we find behind them grace a grace that take’s us out of the comfortable, familiar surroundings of our old sinful nature.
We need to find the spout where grace comes out. Do you only shower once in your life? be great if you had a magic one but that’s not it we need to shower daily sometimes more depending on our activity so go and find your grace shower, your spout.
How do we tap into grace well for each of us it’s different. How does grace awaken you and energize you. For me it’s engaging in worship through singing and music and not always Christian music. Often when I read the ancient scriptures grace comes and walks with me.

Where do you come face to face with the love of God the Father?

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