Grace is God as heart surgeon, cracking open your chest, removing your heart—poisoned with pride and pain—and replacing it with his own. Rather than tell you to change, he creates the change. Do you clean up so he can accept you? No, God accepts you and begins cleaning you up. His dream isn’t just to get you into heaven but to get heaven into you. What a difference it makes!

Can’t forgive your enemy? Can’t face tomorrow? Can’t forgive your past? Christ can, aggressively budging you from graceless to grace-shaped living. Forgiven people forgiving people…stumbles aplenty but despair seldom. Jesus placed a term limit on sin and danced a victory jig in a graveyard. To be saved by grace is to be saved by Jesus—not by an idea, doctrine, creed, or church membership, but by Jesus himself. Grace is everything Jesus!

From God is With You Every Day
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