What does the face of Grace, True Grace look like? True Grace is the ultimate Trust in The God you can only believe in by Faith which is Not something you can see! If this sounds Crazy it is, and Thankfully we have a Great Crazy Role Model!
“When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.” 1 Peter 2:23
Think of the two voices that speak to you at a moment of pain, hurt or anguish and usually the whisper is God!
The whisper says, “I Love you my child with a Love that is eternal and will never end, there is a purpose to this present situation, I am God and I have you in My Almighty Embrace Now and Forever – No matter what you do, did or whatever happens you are My child!”
The SHOUT coming out of the gates of Hell itself says, “WHAT!? ARE YOU GOING TO LET THEM GET AWAY WITH THAT! WHAT ABOUT YOUR RIGHTS? WHAT A BUNCH OF JERKS! TELL EM OFF – SHOW THEM WHO YOU ARE!
One of the things that made Jesus not only unique but downright strange in human form was His uncanny and innate ability to pursue the whisper as opposed to the SHOUT when it had to do with His own well-being or that even of His enemies – which was all of us at the time He was crucified!
There is a Trust in the heart of the Grace-Full that defies human logic or reason and while it is a growth process with every small thing that happens that you release to Trust in God – This Rest beyond reason Grows!
The reason why Paul could say, “To live is Christ but to die is gain!” The reason why Stephen could smile through his stoning and the early Christians could walk into the area to be eaten by lions and countless other situations can be summed up in two words – Grace-Full Trust! It wasn’t that they were living lives of greater legalistic observance – by the time he pinned the above statement Paul had fallen so far off the legal radar that people in Jerusalem had completely disowned him and turned their back on him as a heretic!
The Grace-Full path Grows Trust for this reason – you are not under the law and its consequences – you are under Grace and its Freedom! Grasp this! Release your idea that your legalistic observance makes you special and Trust in Christ Alone!