Sunday, June 10, 2007

There's Only Grace

There is no guilty
there is no shame
no pointing fingers
there is no blame
What happened yesterday has disappeared
the dirt has washed away and now it's clear

You're starting over now, under the son
you're stepping forward now
a new life has begun,
your new life has begun

And if you should fall again, well get back up
just reach out and grab my hand
and get back up again

There's only grace, there's only love,
there's only mercy and believe me it's enough

your sins are gone, without a trace
and there's nothing left now
there's only grace

Isn't this a great promise? These are (roughly) the lyrics to the Matthew West song “Only Grace”. It's one of the songs I've been listening to a lot recently. I hear these lyrics and I think about how wonderful their truth is. With Christ, there really is only grace, love, and mercy. Through Him, our sins will be remembered no more. All the blame, pointing figures, guilt, shame and regret will all be washed away. We will have a new beginning, and a new life in Him.

I long for the day when I'll no longer have any regrets. I long for the day when I'll no longer feel guilt or shame. There's been a lot that I've done to make me have these feelings. Hasn't everyone? Thing is, with Jesus, we really will one day experience the great truths mentioned in the lyrics of this song. They're a comfort to me because of the hope they offer. One day, I'll no longer have to experience these feelings. There's forgiveness for all those horrible things, and a promised peace for those of us who follow Christ. There's love abundantly poured out to us, even though we've done all those things we shouldn't have done.

There really is only grace, and that sure is enough. It's enough to know that God loves me. No matter what I do, or how I feel about myself, or no matter what anyone else thinks, or anything else, God will always love me, as He loves everyone unconditionally and always.

I long for the day when His loving arms will wrap around me and all those bad thoughts, regrets, and hurts will be no more. I long for the day when His grace will be fulfilled in me. And I long for that day when it will be fulfilled for all of those who believe in Him. Imagine the overwhelming happiness there will be...

Won't that be great!


Beast said...

Wow! Amen!

Anonymous said...

not kidding. living a life of regrets (not saying YOU do) is tough. I feel beaten down at times.


Brandon said...

Thanks for the comments Beast and Trey.

Don't beat yourself up too badly, Trey. Hang in there, buddy. :) Know that there is enough grace and mercy to go around to all who want it. Whatever's getting you down, know that you're forgiven and that God loves you very much.

God bless.

Anonymous said...

that sounded much more tragic than I intended! just at times, I feel that way, not all the time. regardless, great post, and thanks for the comment.


Brandon said...

Glad to hear you're doing good, Trey. The same still applies to whenever you're not though. I apologize for maybe overreacting in my response last time. I know what you mean. Sometimes I can get to feeling pretty down and out as well.

Thanks for the comments, and I'm glad you enjoyed the post.

God bless.

Pomoprophet said...

sometimes i find christian music cheezy. othertimes its encouraging. That song encourages me if i'm in the right mood. I heard a great one by Tomlin the other day and I need to go search for the lyrics.