I am currently reading a book called Craving Grace by Ruthie Delk. Grace seems to be my theme these days. God has been speaking to me so much lately about grace. Wanting more of it, giving more of it, learning more about it, craving it in general.
Grace. Unmerited. Unearned. Not deserved. Not worthy. But yet God gives us this, freely.
We don't deserve grace, but He gives grace, no matter what.
Our identity is based on who He is, not who we are. -- Ruthie Delk
How sweet is that to know? To know that our identity isn't based on what we have done or who we wish to become or who we pretend to be or who we really are. It is based on who He is. What He is. What He says we are.
We are all sinners. Sinners that need grace. Without grace we are enslaved to sin. But Chris sets us free. By grace.
Sin is so much more than just behavior. -- Ruthie Delk
Sin is more than a behavior, it's who we become. We get comfortable in our day to day lives, in sin and we continue in that sinful way. Sin gets rooted into our hearts. And what is in our hearts is who we are truly. It affects more than just our behavior but the innermost parts of us. And that hinders our relationship with Christ.
I read that and thought, wow. Wow. So basically I lose my patience (a sin) with my kids because I do not believe that God is powerful enough to give me more patience. Ouch.
When I become bitter I do not believe that God can give me peace.
When my hormones take over me I do not believe God can help me choose joy.
Where I sin, I do not believe God. I do not believe that He can change me or the situation so I choose selfishly to sin.
I make God small. And He is not. He is more powerful than anything I can encounter and I need to believe and act on that.
Accurate self-assessment is the product of grace. -- Paul David Tripp
Until we see ourselves clearly, we will never understand the sweet gift of grace we have been given. -- Ruthie Delk