Does He Deserve Grace?

 

Jesus spells grace

Jesus spells grace

Does He Deserve Grace?

Romans 5:20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:

Out there somewhere is someone who has done you wrong? They were low down, dirty, and rotten to the core. Perhaps they betrayed or misled you or someone you love. Perhaps they stole your innocence. Perhaps they publically humiliated you. I can imagine every cell in your body is screaming out for vengeance. But does he or she deserve grace?

I was at the movie The War Room the other night and this was one of the questions. For me it called to the forefront every person in my life who had caused me collateral damage. I sat there and examined the silhouette of each person who appeared before me and I almost screamed out YES! See no matter how they mishandled or damaged me, they deserve grace.

Why?

Because I need God’s sho- nuff, extra strength, new and improved, version of grace to saturate every nook and cranny of my life.  See we can be so caught up in our pain, they we delve into self-righteousness. We can slip over into an unforgiving lifestyle. We can forget that we too have been guilty of hurting someone, whether on purpose or not.

Now I know that this is not YOU. I realize that I am the only person in the world that has suffered at the hands of someone else and wanted retribution applied to his or her life. I am not ashamed to say I wished for a rogue band of vigilantes to run across them on night in a dark alley.

Here is the thing, I can spend the rest of my life with that junk in my heart and never see the true fullness of God moving in my life. I firmly believe that holding on to those painful things hinders us in regards to God blessings. For example, there are those among us who refuse to whole-heartedly enter relationships because they have been hurt before. In actually they are holding themselves hostage, not able to more forward or move backwards. They love superficially, only on the surface. That kind of love requires lots of affirmations, coddling and things like sex for them to feel like it is real.

When we come to understand that even our enemies need Gods grace, we are free to forgive and let it go.

Prayer: Lord saturate our lives today with your love and grace. Help us to see those that we need to release and forgive that we may be free to live, move and have our being in you. In Jesus name , Amen!

 

 

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Ohhhh LeAndria What Has Thou Done??!!??

LeAndria-Red  Ohh LeAndria ~ What Has Thou Done??!!??

I can’t believe my first post on in my new blog location is going to be about LeAndria Johnson, but seeing as things are, it is.  Those of you who have not seen the Periscope fiasco and I use the term fiasco loosely it is a prime example of how the devil will have us on display.

Let us get a few things straight I am not judging her. I know enough about God’s grace to understand that all she has to do is ask Him and He will grant it.

Admittedly, when I first looked at the video I was a little miffed so to speak. But I was miffed at the devil and how he always, always, always comes to kill, steal and destroy. He was in some regard destroyed her witness. He has put out her light. Don’t believe me? Check this out.  She is known for her powerful voice and now when her name is mentioned instead of folks talking about the glory of God on her life, all they will remember for the foreseeable future is her drunken, profanity laced rant on Periscope.

In whose pulpit can she stand now, and preach about Jesus is a keeper of those WHO want to be kept? Well yea, she can, but no one will listen.

The second emotion I felt was sadness. I was saddened that one of my Christian sisters has gotten the wind knocked out of her, publically. It is one thing to struggle privately, but when your sins become public, it is heartbreaking. My reaction was to pray for her, but more importantly, it was to pray for myself to ask God to keep me near to thee. Lord I do not want to preach to others and then myself be a castaway.

Lastly, I felt shame. Because I know, she is ashamed of that video. There is no way, no way we can hold up the blood stained banner and preach this great Gospel and NOT be ashamed when we fall. There is no way we can operate in the things of God and not have remorse when the devil pulls our hold card.

To whom much is given, much is required. I am praying for LeAndria. I am praying that she gets up from this and go further with God. I’m praying that the people around her tell her the truth about the full ramifications of her Periscope moment. I’m praying that God renews her mind. But I’m also praying for me that when the spotlight of the world shines on my life that I will be caught doing the work of the Lord.

Galatians 6:1  Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.

In His Service…still,

Cassandra