God's Grace is, to me, the most radical, majestic Word found in the Bible.
I'm sure people experience it differently, but this was how it unfolded in my life.
After a period of time where I felt separated from God due to my own choices, I was stripped of my defenses and the scaffolding of my false self- the one I presented to the world- fell away. Dissolved into tears.
Jesus revealed the truth to me about who I was as a sinner once I broke down, came to him and surrendered. My past, my present and future, my mistakes, regrets and shame, my relationships, children, finances and health. I was in my car, parked, on a bleak winter day.
This revelation was an undoing, a breaker that smashed into me and held me somersaulting under the water's depths as I was confronted with the fact that I wasn't just full of sin, but MY sin was truly death living inside of me, and I am no better than the very worst of humanity without Jesus.
But the God who created us and knows everything does not leave us there. He holds on and lavishes us with the most profound, radical, unconditional love of his son Jesus. Just as we are. Ugly, diseased, pathetic in the skin we are in, our past, our deepest regrets and shame splayed out before Him. Because he loves us. Beyond what we have done, beyond our past, beyond our bad choices and shattered lives. He loves you and he loves me.
His grace flows in and fills all of our wounds with healing, allowing us to rebuild ourselves bathed in his light and his love. We begin again with a deeper understanding into who God is as well as who we are, and He empowers us to move toward a life that He opens up in front of us- a life of fulfilling our purpose as his children - empowered by His grace- fueled by his love, passion and courage.