Would-a Should-a Could-a’sThere is always something we would have done, should have done, or could have done but we just never seem to get around to it for any number of reasons or just plain old excuses. Those things that drive us crazy when we think about them, those button pusher moments that send us into reflections of the past.
What if we lived as Jesus lived extending GRACE? But have you overlooked or failed to extend grace to yourself?
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work (2 Corinthians 9:8)
Gods amazing grace was extended to us by his son who came to forgive and renew us, that we can love God with all our heart, mind, body, soul, then to love others as ourself. But if we fail to extent/accept his grace unto ourself, we lack the grace to share with others.
The past is past, God has forgiven, therefor do not dwell on your Would-a Should-a Could-a’s, rather focus on Gods blessed creation, YOU, accept his love, grace, and renewal of your heart and mind.
For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.(Hebrews 4:15-16)
God extends His free gift of grace to us, but we must be willing to receive it and then live in it. By doing so we can begin to realize how God sees us, enabling us to see Gods love and perfection at work in our life strengthening our resolve to grow past our defeats.
If we deny God’s grace or deny extending grace to ourself we grieve God. His heart aches when he sees us believing we have failed or feeling we are worthless. You are the beloved creation of God. Therefore, lavish yourself in His grace and receive grace from yourself.
May you each find God’s grace to be your greatest gift this Christmas. Then share your gift with someone, including yourself. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: (Ephesians 2:8) Because HE IS, therefore I AM…FORGIVEN.
Have a Blessed and Christ filled Christmas!
Yours in Christ,
Rev. Jerry Schmid