My Pastor often remarks that we cannot out-sin God’s grace. It’s a great reminder of the love God has for each of us. We can fail and fall down, and fail again and He still makes the effort to help us. He wants us to know Him and He doesn’t wait for us to be perfect before He invites us to His table.
Now that I speak and meet with other stroke victims who are working to recover, just as I did back in 2007, I can’t help but ask some questions of my own. “Why did I have a nearly full recovery? I’m not perfect, I don’t deserve to recover more than anyone else does.”
I share this thought with you because I think we often suffer from a sense that we have to be “good enough” for God. We must be already working toward perfection before He’s going to step in and help us. It appears that idea couldn’t be further from the truth. God extends steadfast love and unconditional grace to each of us. He knows we have failed to live up to His standards. He knows we have work to do before we go on to Heaven, but He doesn’t count up our sins and our failures and then decide to act. He acts on our behalf.
You know what grace is, right? Grace is undeserved favor from God. As human beings, we all live in the undeserved favor of God. We didn’t do anything to earn His help, but He doesn’t wait for us to become perfect before He’s ready to redeem us and give us a blanket of grace.
Imagine if we each had that kind of unconditional love and grace for our own children, and all the people we love. Give God praise that He works every day to help you recover, not because of YOU, but because of HIM!
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
2 Corinthians 12:9, NIV