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Trying To Earn Grace & God’s Love

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I think that I’m finally starting to grasp a truth that I never understood. I have always battled with legalism because it was nice to have “rules” to live by, and in some areas I could keep those rules. In other areas they just left me in deeper bondage and made me VERY judgmental of other Christians.

When I think of the journey God’s taken me on over the past two years the song By Your Side comes to mind. The lyrics are perfect for people like me. Perfectionists who want God’s blessings for being so “good”. Yet God’s word tells us that all of our righteousness is like filthy rags, and that no one does good, no not one. I have come to see that the only time I am honoring to God in my actions it is because God has allowed it, because the Holy Spirit has done a work in me. This is not to say I am helpless in my doing good, but that trying to do good apart from God’s holy power is a waste of time and energy. I am coming to believe that this is one of the  ways of Satan uses most often to make a Christian prideful, disappointed, discouraged, and ultimately discontent with God. The Bible says Satan is the father of lies, so it would make sense that he would want us confused about what God tells us about ourselves and Himself in the Bible.

So I think I have come away with a few different points that I hope you may find helpful:

– The only way I can combat the lies of Satan is by spending time in God’s word DAILY. How can I know spot lie if I don’t know the truth?

– I can not earn God’s grace, mercy, and love. He has given those things to me freely, and when I try to do those things I am in essences saying “your Son’s death was a nice gesture, but this is something I need to do”.

– God loves me regardless of how “bad” I am on any given day. If he loved the entire human race in the midst of our sin and still sent Jesus to die for us, he loves me when I have a bad day, nothing goes right, and I don’t please Him in my actions of attitude. He knows we are incapable of being perfect. That’s whats so amazing about grace! Satan sometimes has me believe that all my efforts to love and serve God were in vain and I have to “start again”. That’s a lie.

– God is at work in us. Even when it feels like He is silent, or like we are going through daily battles just to get by, many times this means he is teaching us something. Often you can’t see that until you come to the end of it, but Paul tells us to rejoice in suffering, so this is what I try to do.

– He who began a good work in you, will be faithful to complete it. This has to be one of the things I cling to and try to remember when I feel like I haven’t changed.

– All I can truly do each day is eat and drink from the well, and trust in Him to do the rest!

I have rambled long enough, but I hope some of you can relate! Today I am going to listen to this video and rejoice in the fact that I can just be me, where I’m at, and He loves me!

Why are you striving these days?
Why are you trying to earn grace?
Why are you crying?
Let me lift up your face, just don’t turn away

Why are you looking for love?
Why are you still searching as if I’m not enough?
To where will you go child?
Tell me where will you run, to where will you run?

‘Cos I’ll be by your side wherever you fall
In the dead of night whenever you call
And please don’t fight these hands that are holding you
My hands are holding you

Look at these hands at my side
They swallowed the grave on that night
When I drank the world’s sin
So I could carry you in and give you life
I wanna give you life

And I’ll be by your side wherever you fall
In the dead of night whenever you call
And please don’t fight these hands that are holding you
My hands are holding you

Here at my side wherever you fall
In the dead of night whenever you call
And please don’t fight these hands that are holding you
My hands are holding you

 

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