A Very Simple Grace

“Do you believe that the God of Jesus loves you beyond worthiness and unworthiness, beyond fidelity and infidelity—that he loves you in the morning sun and in the evening rain—that he loves you when your intellect denies it, your emotions refuse it, your whole being rejects it. Do you believe that God loves without condition or reservation and loves you this moment as you are and not as you should be.”

“My message, unchanged for more than fifty years, is this: God loves
you unconditionally, as you are and not as you should be, because
nobody is as they should be. It is the message of grace…A grace
that pays the eager beaver who works all day long the same wages
as the grinning drunk who shows up at ten till five…A grace that
hikes up the robe and runs breakneck toward the prodigal reeking
of sin and wraps him up and decides to throw a party no ifs, ands,
or buts…This grace is indiscriminate compassion. It works without
asking anything of us…Grace is sufficient even though we huff and
puff with all our might to try to find something or someone it cannot
cover. Grace is enough…Jesus is enough.”

― Brennan Manning, All Is Grace: A Ragamuffin Memoir

 

 

About Pastor Bryan Lowe

A repentant rascal with definite issues, but who is seeking to be authentic in his faith to Jesus Christ. An avid reader and a hopeful writer. Husband and father. A pastor and Bible teacher. A brain tumor survivor. Diagnosed with clinical depression, epilepsy, and now disabled. Enjoys life, such as it is, in Alaska.
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4 Responses to A Very Simple Grace

  1. Anonymous says:

    yes i believe

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  2. Tina says:

    Dear Tina
    We share a name and a life. My story is ditto except that I struggle to even keep going….i so so so want to go and be with Jesus… is that wrong? I am so struggling I can’t even really make this sound logical.

    Maybe i shouldn’t post but at least you know that I have read your story and I am feeling for you darling girl…

    One day I pray we will meet in a better place..

    Tina

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  3. Tina says:

    Wow! I can’ t believe what I have just read!
    The first quote that is written here, is exactly , exactly what I am living and that I lived all my life as a Christain.
    I am not well at all, and all my Life has been guilt, guilt, guilt. I wake up in the morning with it and fall asleep with it every night since the passed 36 years. I am very aware where the root of this horrible guilt comes from!
    I am sick with Great Anxiety, depressions, Severe Borderline Personnaity , OCD ( recurrente thoughts, voices that keep on repeating very strongly in my head)
    Self-Harm for now 17 years, fighting against very dark thoughts and images, etc…..
    All of my Mind, Soul, tells me that I am really but really not worthy before the Lord and that makes me very scared before Him!
    It felt good to read your quote! Thank you so much!
    I do ask Jesus to make me understand His Unconditional Graçe!
    I know the verses in the Bible and I try to live and believe each word, but nothing, just nothing is working out in my life.
    My husband keeps telling me, that I am all mixed up in my head because of my sickness!
    Instead of getting better, I am getting worse!
    Its been 17 years that I am medicated and has gained 55 pounds since which is driving me nuts.
    So many hospitalisations , Therapies, prayer groupes , electrochocs ……
    Once I was in the hopital ( Psy) walking in the corridor I told the Lord ” Lord ,man has done all what they could of done, know Lord, please, Its your Time to do something!”
    I don’t know why all this horrible anguish , loneliness and empty inside!! I do have Jesus in my heart, why this emptiness. It just booses my guilt as A child of God . I just see myself like A big big huge ball of sins, even if I pass my days asking forgiveness.
    I tried all I could do, but my life needs a touch of the Lord! ! I need to be delivered!
    Even if my emotions, thoughts , my hole inner being is telling me so many horrible things, I still want to hold on to my Jesus!
    Tina🌻

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