-Hebrews 12:15a (HCSB)
When we are struggling with discouragement we can forget about grace and fall into religious legalism or carnality. Both of these ditches or ruts are on the sides of the grace road we are called to. We always want to leave room for, expect, or position our selves to receive grace.
Grace is the unmerited favor of God and the presence of God that enables us to do and be what He calls us to be and do. Grace does not empower our selfishness to sin or to be sanctimonious. Grace empowers us to let God move in our lives.
When we are going through something: a challenging situation, spiritual warfare, conflict, grieving a loss, releasing anger, processing hurt and offering forgiveness, or being disciplined, to name a few examples; we need to leave room for the grace of God. I have to be real and being real is realizing that God is real, God loves me, God is present, and I am God’s child. In that reality, I neither get bitter and go into selfishness, acting like God is not real; nor do I go into self-righteousness, deluding myself about my superiority over others with some crazy false place in God.
Life happens to me and it hurts. I could be misunderstood, tired, stressed out, not winning, failing at something, not chosen by others (rejected), or even be attacked by someone. In that place, and this can even happen daily in little ways, I leave room for God’s grace. In other words, when anything, not positive, happens in my life, even something like being tired or hungry or lonely; I leave room for grace.
The huge mistake we can make, is to close ourselves off to grace, when we go through anything painful. We have to get it, preaching the gospel to ourselves and getting saved in those parts if necessary, that God loves us and we are his kid and he is a good father. When I live in that place, I constantly turn to God and let him grace me.
Nothing can separate us from the love of God (Rom. 8:35-9) and God’s presence for us is everywhere (Psalm 139:5-12). These scriptures are words to live by.