Sometimes I am overwhelmed by the Blessings in my life. I cannot believe, even for one moment, that I deserved to be Saved. Saved from what you ask? Myself. Death.
I was shown Mercy and covered with a Grace that is palpable. How do you feel Grace??? You do, my friends, and when HE lays it on you - you know it.
I thought HE was about rules and punishment. That HE was represented by the people I found in church on Sunday mornings. The ones that would smile at you and shake your hand and present a wonderful display of a family but then act like they didn't know you on Monday. Those who read their Bibles in a pew and told me that I was going to hell for my sins. There is this line in a Jason Gray song: "Cause all religion ever made of me was a just a sinner with a stone tied to my feet."
RIGHT??? That's what it felt like! All going to church, or anything to do with church (i.e., GOD), ever made me feel like was suffocated. I was going down dude and that was it. Know this dude JESUS and act and look like us (NO THANK YOU!) and you're cool, otherwise you might as well strap on a block and jump in the river.
And oh my lanta, IT IS NOT LIKE THAT.
Peeps - GOD's Love for you and I is like a rush of blood that flows from your toes to your brain in a second. Like a roller coaster that drops you so fast and so hard that you swear you have to go back and find your stomach (or your lunch) ;) It is the GREATEST Freedom I have ever felt.
Just hear me out to the end...we're almost there :)
I never understood why those few family's that I did come across in my childhood that were actually good people, you know the ones, you were always allowed over there, they always fed you and took you places and were geniunely interested in your life. They were so caring to their children and didn't really raise their voices, ever. Why were they like that? I found out the day I finally opened my eyes and saw HIM for who HE really is.
HE is Love...that's it people, LOVE. And do you know what Love is, pure, true Love? It is the TRUTH and it smells, and it tastes and it IS so sweet. It is GOOD! It is ALIVE (no joke). It wraps you up and makes you better and shows you who you really are. How amazing and special and awesome you are.
It doesn't mock or point fingers. It doesn't scold or reprove. It doesn't hate.
The TRUTH set me FREE and I will never be the same.
Praise HIS Holy Name.