Embracing Uncomfortable Grace

We are objects of divine grace. What I mean by that is that everything good in your life had come to you, not because you deserve it, but because God, out of indescribable glory and compassion, has chosen to give it freely to you. In spite of our sinfulness, he has not destined us to wrath, but called us to a relationship with him through the person and work of Jesus Christ. Our salvation is one hundred percent grace. God the Father planned and ordained redemption. God the Son accomplished it. Jesus left heaven, took on humanity, and lived a sinless life that his righteousness might be credited to us. He gave his life on the cross as the payment for our sin while absorbing God’s wrath and punishment in our place. He rose again, overcoming sin and death, that he might impart a new life to all who believe. God the Holy Spirit draws us to salvation. He convicts us of our sin and reveals the hope of Christ to our hearts. Salvation is completely grace.

Now most of us embrace this idea of grace. The part where God lavishes good things upon his children. The part where he gives us more than we ever deserve. Where the rub sets in for us is when we begin to realize that God uses uncomfortable grace in our lives to get our attention and to bring us back into fellowship with him. God is so committed to his work in us that he will use whatever it takes to convict, refine, and restore.

David acknowledges this in Psalm 51:8 where he says, “Let the bones that you have broken rejoice.” David knows that God loved him enough to crush him and break him over his sin. Here is the beauty of God though, he never breaks us just to leave us broken. Because he loves us and cares for us, he breaks us in order to heal and restore. We must do away with a childish view of God’s grace and love that says “If you love me, you’ll only give me what I want” and instead embrace the mature view of God’s love that embraces uncomfortable grace, because we know that God will use whatever is necessary to detach our hearts from the things of this world and attach them to him. This is why broken bones rejoice.

For His glory and your joy,
Pastor Charlie