grace equals total freedom. grace means no merit, not even an iota. grace means total acceptance. grace is unconditional love with no expectations of performance.
even in the face of total failure. even in the face of crippling sin. even in the face of uncertainty. even when i blunder about and mess everything up worse than it ever was before. even when my failures have spilled over into other people's lives. even when my mistakes hinder not just me, but everyone around me.
grace is a gift. freely given. voluntarily given. joyfully given.
grace asks for no explanations.
grace can't hear your reasons why.
grace won't stand for your excuses.
grace is your second chance. grace is your fresh start.
and every moment, you are utterly covered by grace. there is no fault too grievous, no crime too heinous, no misstep so crippling, no failure so far gone that grace cannot overcome.
may you know -- truly know -- the grace of Jesus Christ.
"I have done it, and I will carry you;
I will bear you and I will deliver you."
it's not on me. and that is my only hope. the truth of grace is all my hope.