Good morning Friend,
I trust you had a great weekend. A big congratulation to all Nigerians on our win over Iceland. It was a remarkable one indeed! But I think Nigerians should save their most impressive memes and excitement till when we qualify.
Colours of Honour was awesome, and I trust we’re in for a more exciting colour splash session. Today, by God’s Grace, we will be checking out some more colours along the Grace line.
It is perhaps one of the most talked about but least understood concept in the body of Christ today. I do not claim a monotony of understanding with respect to this very important concept as I still am subject to learning from Teachers uniquely graced to simplify spiritual concepts such as this. But I’ll be sharing some thoughts on Grace which I believe will have a very positive impact on your overall orientation about the subject of Grace.
1. Grace will not Deny Himself because of the Response of His recipients: Grace will not become unkind and cold because the people he has been kind to have refused to respond in kindness. Grace cannot deny itself even when people deny it. I think this is one very funny dimension of Grace that many religious folks have failed to come to terms with. God will not stop being merciful because people have refused to receive His mercy. His mercy endures beyond our failures and shortcomings. By the time we get to the end of our failures and weaknesses, when we have outfailed our capacity to fail, God’s Grace will always be a step ahead, beckoning for us to reach out one more time to receive it. God’s Grace is colour blind and has a short-term memory! It will not relate with you based on where you’re coming from or what you did last. It will grant unto you the access that your current disposition demands of it. The used-to-be thief on the right side of Jesus at Calvary, just for a moment, saw Grace and made a request of Him… Grace didn’t ask for his Church attendance certificate or his tithe slip, Grace didn’t question him on how many hours of prayer he could withstand… Grace simply mused within Himself… If this thief can see that I am indeed Grace, as marred and bruised as I am, he sure deserves a place in paradise. Grace cannot deny Himself! Ain’t you glad Grace is not religious or legal? Grace is simply amazing. So don’t ever allow anyone frustrate you enough to lose your Grace tendencies. Do not deal with people according to their deservedness or deeds, deal with them according to your nature.
2. Grace doesn’t License to Sin, He Empowers over Sin: Some folks came to Grace, asking that He gives them license in advance for the sin they are about to commit and Grace was like “you don’t need me for that?” and they’re like, “isn’t that what You’re there for?” and He’s like, “nobody ever needed a license to sin, why would anyone need it now?”, “well”, they replied “so we could be sure we won’t be judged for what we’re about to do wrong”, “oh really?” Grace replied, “you’re in the wrong place fellas, I don’t offer such services here. Whoever told you I did? I only cleanse and empower. If you don’t need cleansing for what you have done in the past, you don’t need me, if you don’t need empowerment so that you won’t have to need cleansing in the future, you don’t need me still… and you certainly don’t need me since you need neither cleansing nor empowerment. You want to draw in advance for a wrong you have planned to commit. You’re simply opportunists, who are sinners at heart, who want to sin and have no desire to please God but require His Grace to excuse you from the consequence of your acts. I don’t do such here guys”
I think that conversation says it all!
3. Grace Reduces Tension: Tension is the atmosphere created by an unhealthy need to perform around someone who has no threshold for mistakes or slip-ups. Grace isn’t like that, the previous colour shared made it clear that Grace wouldn’t have you plan for your error in advance, but neither is Grace intolerant to your mistakes. None of your errors could intimidate or overwhelm its cleansing power. Grace wants you confident about your capacity to get it right and not your tendency to make a mistake, so He wouldn’t make you more conscious of your errors that He would, your possibilities of getting it right… your righteousness. He wants you calm, confident and free around Him because that’s the only atmosphere where you can build the confidence necessary to stay on the right path. Have you ever been around someone who creates tension? It’s a stress environment and you’re more likely to make mistakes in such an environment than you are when around someone who cheers you on to be the best version of yourself despite your antecedents. Since you cannot always dictate who you spend your time with, why don’t you become that lady or that guy who is ever conscious of God, a Father who loves you beyond your capacity to receive it, who is never intimidated by your wrongs and who always roots for your best all day, every day.
As you have freely received this Grace, so give to everyone… whether you think they deserve it or not.
I trust Colours of Grace blessed your heart. Do well to share with friends.
Have a great week ahead.