And since it is through God’s kindness, then it is not by their good works. For in that case, God’s grace would not be what it really is— free and undeserved. Romans 11:6 NLT
Did you ever notice that we tend to love to pile up guilt, blame, and shame on ourselves. It is easy to make the excuse that we have done way too many horrible, awful things to be forgiven by God.
As human beings, we seem to have a litmus test to measure how much bad is “really too bad” for God to forgive. We want to limit God’s ability to forgive based on our own perceptions of sin. We look for a sin boundary line. Thinking to ourselves, “This here I can probably slide by on. That there, that’s way over the limit!”
And honestly, a lot of the time we struggle with the concept that God forgives a murderer with the same love and compassion that He forgives a liar. That just does not sit well with us. Because the murderer has obviously stepped over our preconceived acceptable sin boundary line.
But the thing is, sin is sin in God’s eyes. He doesn’t have a rating system or boundary lines. His grace to forgive is limitless! We can’t out sin God’s love and grace!
That’s almost hard to hear, isn’t it? If we can’t “out sin” God’s grace then we no longer have any control over earning forgiveness for the sins we have done. There will never be enough “goodness” that we can do to earn God’s grace. And that is kind of the whole point. Grace is undeserved and unearned, if it wasn’t it wouldn’t be grace.
So basically, we need to simply accept the fact that we are just not good enough at sinning to out sin Jesus’ grace and forgiveness! No matter how much guilt, blame, and shame we pile up, God’s shovel will always be more than big enough to scoop it up and remove it!
This limitless grace and forgiveness concept might be hard for our minds to wrap themselves around. But the good news is that it really doesn’t matter if we understand it or not! We just need to be open to receiving God’s grace. We need to throw our arms wide open to embrace God’s grace.
Are there areas of sin in your life that you have been holding onto to because you were afraid that, “this sin might be too bad for me to expect God to forgive”? If so, I encourage you to hand it over to God. When you release that guilt, shame, and blame you will finally be able to receive the gift of God’s loving grace!
Until next time blessings and healing.