Grace Works So Let Grace Work
Pastor Phillip O’Reilly
Forgiveness is hard. Especially when we are having to forgive ourselves. Even though we know that Jesus died so our sins could be forgiven, sometimes we talk ourselves out of that forgiveness. Sometimes, we think our past is too sinful, too sad, too damaged, too broken to be forgiven. We trap ourselves into thinking that we are forever scarred by our mistakes. Permanently altered by other’s mistakes towards us. Always damaged goods. But, with Jesus, all things are new.
In Ephesians, we are assured of this. It leaves no room for questions.
“You were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world…But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved” [Ephesians 2:1-2, 4-5]
We are not who we used to be. Brokenness, desperation, sadness, anger, bitterness, sin – all those things are gone. Covered with love. Overshadowed by a grace that is boundless, limitless, reckless.
Because of grace. That’s it. Not because we prayed hard enough or read our Bibles enough or wanted it badly enough. But because of a God who’s desire to show us grace is bigger than any mistake we have made. Because of a God who’s love extends as far as the east is from the west. Because of a God who already chose us, even before we knew His name.
We have been transferred from the old life into the new. We have been resurrected from our graves. We have been filled with grace and love and abundant blessings. We have been gifted into Light. Into Hope. Into Grace. Grace has reached down into the darkness and plucked us out. Grace has given us second and third and hundredth chances. Grace has given us a place in God’s Kingdom, whether we deserve it or not.
Our God is so so good. And His grace is sufficient. And it is by grace – and grace alone – that we have been saved.