Only Grace

April 20, 2015

It’s easier to love You
Than to ever love myself
I’d be the first to forgive You
But I can’t forgive myself
I’m trying hard to let You know
I’m trying hard to let it go
But you can’t hold broken pieces together

I easily relate to the first verse of the song “Only Grace” sung by Dara Maclean.

How often I have held myself accountable for something God has long forgiven and forgotten? Or held myself to a standard of perfection that I can’t obtain, just to fail and count myself as useless? Yet His perfect grace and presence continually awaits to reassure me and renew my spirit. 

Only grace can mend and make me whole
Only grace can restore my soul
But You can’t earn the grace that took your place
And the blood that speaks for you
Only grace, only grace can do that

Although God’s grace is readily available, it seems that receiving His grace poses the greatest challenge to many. People often feel that they have to perfect their life or ‘get good to get God.’ The Word of God tells us He loves us while we are still sinners and beckons us to come to Him for what’s necessary to turn away from sin.

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved.  Ephesians 2:4-5 (ESV)

I’ve experienced this grace. The grace that asks nothing of me but a repentant heart. A grace that then motivates me to turn away from sin and then empowers me to move forward in a life free from condemnation and self hatred.

We musn’t allow ourselves to feel defeated or too small to make a change in the world. We’ve been redeemed! Receive His grace, His Love and the power He has promised us through His Word. We are called to share, show and live in His love!

Can you feel the grace
Pouring down like rain
It’s almost too good to believe it
It overwhelms the shame
It’s effortless change
Now can we just receive it
Grace, grace

See Dara Maclean’s album Wanted on iTunes