I have had the worship song How He Loves Us in my head for a number of days now. Yesterday at church we watched a video about Cardboard Testimonies and this was the song played in the background. The video showed a group of people who, on one side of a piece of cardboard, wrote how their lives had been in the past. On the other side they wrote about how their lives had changed since they gave it God. There was a woman who had been addicted to drugs and was now addicted to God. There was a little boy with special needs who was only predicted to live until he was two years old. At the time of filming, he was a month away from his third birthday. There was also a woman who had been abused when she was younger and had developed an eating disorder. After reaching out to God she was healed by His true love. There was a girl around the age of ten who knew that she needed forgiveness. She gave her life to Christ and was baptised. Those are just a few of the many brave people featured in that video.
The song How He Loves Us talks not only about how much God loves us, but also about how much grace He gives us. It got me thinking about the whole concept of grace. Grace is a one of many gifts that God gives to us. In order for us to have grace, we have to accept the gift. The amazing thing about grace is that even though we do not deserve it, we are offered it. Why? Because, whether we recognise it or not we need it, and lots of it. I believe that grace is one of the most important things we need in life. Grace is love given to those who feel unloved. Grace is love given, even when we have nothing to give in return. Grace is a one way love. This is because we have nothing that would ever be worth the same or more than grace. Grace has nothing to do with the receiver but everything to do with the giver. Grace is not given to one and rejected to another. Whether the receiver is a church pastor or a drug addict does not matter. We are all given the same amount of grace, regardless of who we are and what we have done. God gives each and every human being the same amount of grace. In the eyes of God we are all precious, despite whether we feel like that or not. God does not limit grace, but humans can and do. The gospel of Matthew tells us that ‘every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven…’ Those who do not believe that God is part of the world and say that he does not love us, or cannot forgive us or heal us have limited themselves to grace. Humans often place boundaries on grace as they sometimes believe they have sinned so badly that they cannot be forgiven. Therefore it is our faith, not the grace of God that is the limit.
My favourite line in the whole song is if grace is an ocean, were all sinking. This gives me such a great picture in my head. The Pacific Ocean is the largest ocean in the world. It covers 69,375,000 square miles which is equivalent to 35% of the earth. How great would it be if the Pacific Ocean was not an ocean of water but of grace? To me, that image amazes me and blows my mind. The thing that astonishes me more is that the grace we are given is bigger than the Pacific Ocean. It is bigger than all of the world’s oceans combined. This is because God is bigger than everything in this world. The giving of grace never ends.
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace
(Ephesians 1 vs 7)