what if we would choose grace?

Warm autumn days are my favorite

These days, I am thinking about God’s grace a lot. This all-embracing, far-reaching grace that breaks the chains and brings down walls and fortresses. This radiant, wondrous grace that breaks through to the darkness and delivers into light. This grace, that reaches the least of us.

And I can’t help but wonder, how would the world change if we would choose to see our lives, our circumstances, our people through the lenses of God’s grace. It’s not that we can ever change the world — only God is able to do that — but I think this grace, it would change me. And it might change you. So maybe it could change all of us, after all? In the end, we are all just broken people in desperate need of Him, of His grace.

“And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)

The problem with people is, that it is difficult to see where our brokenness begins. It is easy to jump in feet first, to roll up our sleeves and extend our hands, to share a piece of our minds — but these also often come with a piece of our broken hearts. The problem with broken hearts is, there are harsh edges and cracked corners. And where sharp pieces and weary souls collide, it will hurt. Whether we intended so or not.

Where there is hurting or pain, hardships or shame — religion finds its place in our hearts too easily. Instead of choosing to believe that the grace of God meets us without condemnation, telling us to let go of our past and continue on our journey, being transformed into the image of Jesus. We often choose to say, to ourselves and others, that first we need to change and then there will be no condemnation.

But what if we would choose grace instead?

“Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:16-17)

What if we would fall on our knees before mercy and chose to stay there, covered in this radical grace that renders us worthy in Him? What if for once, we would be quick to run to the unfailing love and forgiveness, letting the shadows fall behind us?

What if we all stopped despising weakness — ours and others’ — and chose to wholly embrace who God has made us instead? What if we would choose to see the messy parts and shortcomings as opportunities for God to work in us and be glorified through us? He certainly is a gracious and merciful God.

Because it is in darkness that we best notice the light. It is in deep darkness that the beacons of light come through most pure. It is in that place where we have nothing, where we are nothing — that we understand that the Lord is all we need, and we get Him. His glorious grace will reach out and take hold of our hearts. And as we behold the glory of the Lord, we are being changed.

“This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.” (1 John 1:5)

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  • Tracy

    Hi Ronja, grace is so overwhelming and leaves me breathless! Its so undeserved, unmerited and so desperately needed by each of us. It would be amazing if we extended even a fraction of the grace extended to us by the Lord, to others. What a different world we would live in. Great post and thank you for linking in at Winsome Wednesday. God bless Tracy

    • Ronja

      It really is such an amazing grace, isn't it! I'm praying that my heart and eyes would be open to see His grace in my life and would then easily extend this grace because "the love of Christ compels us" (2 Cor. 5:14). I'm definitely a work in progress, but so thankful that His grace reaches us no matter where we are! Thank you for your visit, Tracy!

  • Tracy

    Hi Ronja, grace is so overwhelming and leaves me breathless! Its so undeserved, unmerited and so desperately needed by each of us. It would be amazing if we extended even a fraction of the grace extended to us by the Lord, to others. What a different world we would live in. Great post and thank you for linking in at Winsome Wednesday. God bless Tracy

    • Ronja

      It really is such an amazing grace, isn't it! I'm praying that my heart and eyes would be open to see His grace in my life and would then easily extend this grace because "the love of Christ compels us" (2 Cor. 5:14). I'm definitely a work in progress, but so thankful that His grace reaches us no matter where we are! Thank you for your visit, Tracy!

  • Lisa notes...

    I want to be a person known for choosing grace first. I still have a ways to go. :) But only by grace can we extend grace. Thanks for the inspiration today!

    • Ronja

      I am most definitely a work in progress myself! So thankful that His grace is sufficient to us all, every day transforming us and touching our hearts. The Lord sure is so good to us! I'm glad you stopped by, Lisa! Blessings!

  • Lisa notes...

    I want to be a person known for choosing grace first. I still have a ways to go. :) But only by grace can we extend grace. Thanks for the inspiration today!

    • Ronja

      I am most definitely a work in progress myself! So thankful that His grace is sufficient to us all, every day transforming us and touching our hearts. The Lord sure is so good to us! I'm glad you stopped by, Lisa! Blessings!

  • Lux Ganzon

    God's scandalous grace that we are so not worthy to receive. Such wonderful feeling to receive it anyway. Thanks for this thought-provoking title and substantial content.

    • Ronja

      So true, Lux! We aren't worthy to receive this amazing grace, and yet somehow it is exactly this grace that deems us worthy. How wonderful is that! I'm glad that you found something to inspire you here! Blessings!

  • Lux Ganzon

    God's scandalous grace that we are so not worthy to receive. Such wonderful feeling to receive it anyway. Thanks for this thought-provoking title and substantial content.

    • Ronja

      So true, Lux! We aren't worthy to receive this amazing grace, and yet somehow it is exactly this grace that deems us worthy. How wonderful is that! I'm glad that you found something to inspire you here! Blessings!

  • joanneviola

    I want to choose grace as my first response. May I soak up His grace so that I can extend His grace to others just as freely as He extends it to me. Every. Single. Day. of my life. Grateful to have been here this morning! Blessings!

    • Ronja

      I'm so glad that you visited here, Joanne! Because yes, so many times yes, I would want grace to be my first response. Freely we have received, so freely we should give. Blessings!

  • joanneviola

    I want to choose grace as my first response. May I soak up His grace so that I can extend His grace to others just as freely as He extends it to me. Every. Single. Day. of my life. Grateful to have been here this morning! Blessings!

    • Ronja

      I'm so glad that you visited here, Joanne! Because yes, so many times yes, I would want grace to be my first response. Freely we have received, so freely we should give. Blessings!

  • sarahgirl3

    Yes, this is what I wish I would choose! I want to automatically know that God is going to work through my weakness!

    • Ronja

      It does change so much in our hearts and in our attitudes, when we see that the Lord is at work even in our weakness. I'm glad that you stopped by here today, Sarah! :) Blessings!

  • sarahgirl3

    Yes, this is what I wish I would choose! I want to automatically know that God is going to work through my weakness!

    • Ronja

      It does change so much in our hearts and in our attitudes, when we see that the Lord is at work even in our weakness. I'm glad that you stopped by here today, Sarah! :) Blessings!

  • Sharita ~7DaysTime (@7DaysTime)

    I can only imagine how awesome it would be if we all chose grace! I know it is something I am working on daily... Letting His grace fill my gaps.

    • Ronja

      What a blessing it is, that His grace is always there to meet us! Thank you for stopping by, Sharita!

  • Sharita ~7DaysTime (@7DaysTime)

    I can only imagine how awesome it would be if we all chose grace! I know it is something I am working on daily... Letting His grace fill my gaps.

    • Ronja

      What a blessing it is, that His grace is always there to meet us! Thank you for stopping by, Sharita!

  • I wonder how different our lives would be if we truly believed that His grace is sufficient for us. Thank you for the reminder today!

    • Ronja

      I think it would make such a difference, if our hearts were filled with grace like His is. It'd make life so much more beautiful! I'm so glad you stopped by here, Heather! Blessings!

  • I wonder how different our lives would be if we truly believed that His grace is sufficient for us. Thank you for the reminder today!

    • Ronja

      I think it would make such a difference, if our hearts were filled with grace like His is. It'd make life so much more beautiful! I'm so glad you stopped by here, Heather! Blessings!

  • lperkowski

    This is so beautiful! I'm going to start making a conscious effort to look at people through God's eyes...to extend grace, forgiveness, empathy, love for humanity. Thank you for the challenge!

    • Ronja

      What a beautiful heart you have, Laura, to want to make the effort to see people as God does! I'm so glad that you visited here!

  • lperkowski

    This is so beautiful! I'm going to start making a conscious effort to look at people through God's eyes...to extend grace, forgiveness, empathy, love for humanity. Thank you for the challenge!

    • Ronja

      What a beautiful heart you have, Laura, to want to make the effort to see people as God does! I'm so glad that you visited here!

  • Dawn Boyer

    Amen! Messy glorious grace, covered in mercy and shining in the promise that only hope can illuminate. Grace gives us the permission to be life-changers becuase we recognize that change can only come from a submitted life and a heart that sees beauty in all that is before us! Blessings to you, Dawn

    • Ronja

      Such a beautiful way of describing grace, Dawn! Thank you so much for these words, and for your visit! Blessings!

  • Dawn Boyer

    Amen! Messy glorious grace, covered in mercy and shining in the promise that only hope can illuminate. Grace gives us the permission to be life-changers becuase we recognize that change can only come from a submitted life and a heart that sees beauty in all that is before us! Blessings to you, Dawn

    • Ronja

      Such a beautiful way of describing grace, Dawn! Thank you so much for these words, and for your visit! Blessings!

  • Brittany at EquippingGodlyWomen.com

    Good thoughts! We all have grace, but that only plays out if we actually act on it and extend it to others as well. Thanks for linking up at Equipping Godly Women Fellowship Fridays!

    • Ronja

      That is so true! Thank you for your visit, Brittany!

  • Brittany at EquippingGodlyWomen.com

    Good thoughts! We all have grace, but that only plays out if we actually act on it and extend it to others as well. Thanks for linking up at Equipping Godly Women Fellowship Fridays!

    • Ronja

      That is so true! Thank you for your visit, Brittany!