The Beauty of Grace

"But the beauty of Grace is that it makes life unfair." If you subscribe to the notion that gifts should, at least eventually, come out even; you're likely to have an uncomfortable feeling about the gift of Grace that God gives to us freely, constantly, and with love.

The truth is that we cannot live up to it, and therefore by God's nature, and ours, this is an unfair transaction. In our favor! The benevolence and perfect love of God overshadows our frailty and incomprehension. It is completely undeserved on our part, yet God offers it freely, constantly, and with love.
This season of Lent that begins today is a season of reflection, repentance, and reconciliation. The onus is on us to do these things, because God has already seen us at our worst; God has already called us to turn around and turn to Him, and God is already calling us back in communion with him, back into His embrace. Perfect love, loves perfectly. The grace of God is given to us freely, constantly, and with perfect love.

The first sentence I wrote is from a song called "Be My Escape" by the band Relient K (YouTube links below). The final line of the first verse reads: "This one last bullet you mention is my one last shot at redemption, because I know to live you must give your life away." There is ambiguity in the lyric about who's life is being given. On the one hand we must offer up our life to God in His service. On the other hand "you" might also refer to Jesus, and Jesus' death is our "last shot at redemption".

Near the end of the second verse the full line reads, "And this life sentence that I'm serving,I admit that I'm every bit deserving. But the beauty of grace is that it makes life not fair." I'll fully admit that the narrator's tone throughout the song is one of near hopelessness, and futility. But the beauty is that; because Grace is unfair, it can reach the unreachable. Jesus' ministry was a ministry lead by fishermen, not Pharisees, by lay people not clergy, by bumpkins not sophisticates. Jesus' called people who struggled mightily with understanding who had called them. If those people can still be given Grace, so can we. Grace is freely given even or especially to those who don't deserve it.

In the bridge the narrator writes that he is holding himself back, though that doesn't mean he can stop doing it, then he asks, "And all I'm asking is for You to do what You can with me" and immediately replies, "But I can't ask You to give what You already gave." Grace is constantly offered, you can repent and turn around literally any time and accept it.
"And all I was trying to do was save my own skin, but so were You" The last line of the song gets at the part where both characters (the narrator and God) are working toward the same goal, but where the narrator is desperate and struggling God's love is perfect and is ready to bear the load. Grace is offered with perfect love.
The beauty of God is that His Grace is unfairly free, unfairly constant, and comes from a love that is unfairly perfect. Thanks be to God.

Nick

{youtube}https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBEoyADJ59s&feature=youtu.be {/youtube} Official Music Video

{youtube}https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkHuUgJC1ok&feature=youtu.be{/youtube} Unofficial video with lyrics

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