1 Peter 4:8
“Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.”
Grace. It’s such a nonhuman attribute that I can only think of Christ when I see or experience grace freely given. I have a lot of quotes that I memorize or remember because they applied to a situation in my life at one time or another.
Today I have been thinking about this quote by Alexander Pope:
“To err is human, to forgive is divine.”
It is no small wonder that humanity is so shocked when people forgive, when they see Gods grace appear. Last year, a horrendous incident occurred in a small town. A church was attacked by a radical terrorist. After firing multiple shots, killing some people and injuring more, the gunman was detained by some men in the church. However, as one man when to hit the gunman, a woman in the back shouted, “No! Forgive him!”
What a story! The church was hailed as Gods grace on earth. Those people had more reason than any to be angry, many of the people had lost family members to the gunman; yet they chose to forgive. Not just the woman chose to opt for the divine,but the entire church forgave the man.
Grace is a call to those in need. For one who thirsts, God’s grace is a river. It is not nearly salvation, but something eternal. You do not need to show up at a given time, in a certain mood, but every time you come in need of grace, the Lord will give more than we can even imagine.
Imagine a situation where you go drinking with a friend. You know that your friend is covering the tab, and he’s one of those guys who is basically a millionaire without the title. He looks at you and tells you to order whatever you want, only off the top shelf. He’s not worried about the tab. Although it may sound strange, this is something completely relevant. God doesn’t have a ‘limit’ on how much grace He gives. God does not keep a tab for grace giving. When we come thirsty, we never need to worry about where the water will come from.
Think about it this way: The God who comes to the worst of humanity and says, “You get everything just by being my child” that God wants you to receive His grace when you are at your worst. Grace is not like taxes, it doesn’t need to be paid back, it doesn’t compound interest, but it will always be more than enough. God does not put expiration dates on His promise of grace.
More often than not, when you are parched, it’s not because of lack of grave, but it is because you ran from God’s grace. Often we deceive ourselves into thinking we are ‘not that bad’ and yet we are still starving for God’s grace. Why can’t we be honest? I have found that my biggest problem is a fear. Not just of God, and not even of showing God all of me, but rather of being myself. No matter the problem or confusion, something stops us from receiving God’s grace. No matter the issue, know that God’s grace will always abound, and that love covers a multitude of sins.
Be blessed today.