The beautiful thing about God’s grace is that it is not earned; it is a gift. If we had obligations to fulfill to receive the Lord’s grace, then it wouldn’t really be grace at all. In fact, what we have earned through our sin is death, but the grace of the Lord and the blood of Jesus Christ have brought us eternal life.
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23
But if we have all earned death for our sin and need the redemption by our Savior, why do Christians feel a need to be perfect? To be impenetrable? To impress, or even outperform, one another? The truth is, we are not perfect, nor will we ever be anywhere near to perfect in this life. But in spite of our imperfections, we can receive the amazing and perfect grace of God.
There’s no better example of this than 2 Corinthians 12: 9-10.
“9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”
Heart Medicine is a community for imperfect Christians who are eager to learn about and live by God’s Word. His grace covers our imperfections, and Jesus meets you where you are and loves you the way you are. But He will not leave you the same. And whatever you may have lost along the way, God can restore, and He can use you for His glory.