With outstretched arms and heart thrust forward, He died. Grace unleashed into a fallen world. Love beyond comprehension glistened on each drop of blood and brought Light to our darkness. Forever.
The perfect image of grace.
What love is this that the Creator of the Universe should send His Son to earth to live among us that we might know the One True God? What manner of love is lavished so profoundly that He then lay down His life for us that we might have life eternal?
I stand amazed and saturate my spirit with thankfulness for this grace that sustains me and gives me life.
I stand amazed and saturate my spirit with tears that weep for the lost and for those who are hurting, cloaked in hopelessness.
Do I walk in this blessed grace? Do you? It’s ours for the taking — and the giving. Do I live my life with arms outstretched and heart thrust forward for those around me who need to know the Savior’s love and grace? Am I willing to lay down my life — my wants, my desires, and my dreams — because the Lord God of heaven and earth has asked me to?
Some days I struggle.
But I keep trying.
I want to live this life of grace unleashed.
His outstretched arms embraced me when I knelt at the foot of the cross. He accepted me. He forgave me. He gave me His gift of peace and restored a broken life.
Who am I to withhold this same love from others?
By this we know [and have come to understand the depth and essence of His precious] love: that He [willingly] laid down His life for us [because He loved us]. And we ought to lay down our lives for the believers. But whoever has the world’s goods (adequate resources), and sees his brother in need, but has no compassion for him, how does the love of God live in him? Little children (believers, dear ones), let us not love [merely in theory] with word or with tongue [giving lip service to compassion], but in action and in truth [in practice and in sincerity, because practical acts of love are more than words]. By this we will know [without any doubt] that we are of the truth, and will assure our heart and quiet our conscience before Him whenever our heart convicts us [in guilt]; for God is greater than our heart and He knows all things [nothing is hidden from Him because we are in His hands]. ~ 1 John 3:16-20, AMP
From the cross, love beyond comprehension glistened on each drop of blood and brought Light to my darkness. For this I am thankful.
Lord, help me live my life with Your grace unleashed into the lives of others.
Yes and amen.
Please allow this song, Once and For All, by Lauren Daigle, to carry you before His throne of grace.
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