But for the Grace of God, There Go I…

The past few weeks God has impacted me on His amazing grace.  It’s an overwhelming feeling of love and acceptance that I can’t help but share on my blog.  The saying ‘but for the grace of God, there go I’ has taken on a whole new meaning for me.  Feelings of gratitude overwhelm me as I reflect on my life, from all of the blessings and opportunities to each of the trials and challenges.  Reading about Paul’s perspective in the Bible on grace in 1 Timothy 1:12-17 especially touched my heart. 

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service. Even though I was once a blasphemer and persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 

Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display has unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.   

1 Timothy 1:12-17

I enjoy hearing who Paul used to be (previously known as Saul see Acts 9:1-31) not because he was some grand person, but because his testimony has such an impact on showing me how far God will go to pursue just one of His many children.  Above you read and see Paul describing who he used to be, that no matter what he had done and how he felt as though he was the worst—that God showed him mercy and acceptance.  I understand God did this so that we can all realize no matter our circumstances or choices His grace is enough. 
But for the grace of God, there go I.  God has made that saying very meaningful to me because if it wasn’t for His grace where would I be?  I could just as easily be trying to round up people and sending them to die as Paul did.  Today I understand that there’s NOTHING that I’ve done to be who and where I am.  It is ONLY because of God’s grace I am who I am, and where I am.  Even though I have made (and still make) decisions in my life to reject God, which for me means trying to control things.  God still pursues my heart.  I understand now that a self-directed life will only lead to heartache.  It’s only after I turn my life and my will over to God that He can reach my heart in a way that only He can.  I have been so blessed to see God’s grace displayed through loving people around me.  Today because I make the decision to let go and let God, His grace can flood in to give me the secure love that I so desire and searched for in many other things.  Knowing and understanding that God wants to hold my heart secure and to give me serenity if I will just trust Him is absolutely amazing!!!  

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. 

Romans 15:13

God’s grace is put on display for us in many ways, from loving people in our lives, different life lessons, and programs etc.  Thankfully the greatest display that God has made of His grace was through the death of His only Son, Jesus Christ who died for each of us.  I hope and pray that you’ve been able to experience God’s grace in your own heart and life.  If you haven’t and want to know His love and grace, ask Him move in your heart and life and show you His grace today.   

But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.

1 Corinthians 15:10

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