Amazing Grace

 

Amazing Grace how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now am found
T’was blind, but now I see

I have sung this song for as long as I can remember. As a child, I never understood it fully; we were somehow lost in sin and God found us. As I got older, the words started to mean more to me. As I began to sin against others and God I really wanted grace. As a matter of fact, I expected it.

Pastor Mike recently concluded a great series on Grace. I felt I already had a good understanding of what God’s grace meant to me in my life. But this time around, I was learning about ME giving grace to others. What?! What is that? How silly of me to think that I should receive grace, but not give grace. If we have wronged someone we ask, and beg for grace. But what happens when we’re on the other side of those pleas? When a friend offends you? When your spouse says something hurtful during an argument? When your children disobey you?

Ever since our daughter Lauryn was a toddler she has enjoyed doing what she pleased and not what was asked of her. Jeremy and I taught her that when we asked her to do something she was to say, “yes” and do it right away. Well, as you can imagine this was not an easy lesson to learn (If you Google “strong-willed child” her picture will come up).

Fast forward 15 years and a few weeks ago, she got in trouble for ignoring instruction which led to her disobedience. Now these aren’t huge issues, but it is the principle of deliberate defiance that bothered me. I went to bed so frustrated. I said to Jeremy “You’d think after 15 years she’d get it!” The next day I left before she woke up. On the way to work I was praying and telling God my frustration. I asked Him “What am I going to do with this child?” Immediately, I feel Him say to me, “How many times have I forgiven you for the same thing over and over?” OUCH!!!! All I could say was, “Yes Lord. I’m sorry. I understand.”

I realized that God feels this same frustration when we disobey Him. He teaches us in His Word to say “yes,” and follow His instruction and yet we do not. We will disagree, argue, bargain and try to rationalize our opinions and feelings. When we do this we are deliberately disobeying Him. He is the parent, and we are the strong-willed children. We NEED His grace. We need to GIVE grace. I am so thankful for His Amazing Grace.

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. Romans 3:23-24 NIV

Lupita Carroll
Pastoral Assistant
Wife of Pastor Jeremy Carroll

About The Author

Lupita Carroll

Jeremy & I have been married 19 years. He is my best friend & I love doing life with him. We have 2 kids Lauryn, 15, Jeremy Jr., 10 and a Rottweiler named Jake. With these 3 there is never a dull moment in our house. My favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:13. I love spending time with my family, the beach, pizza, sleeping, reading, dancing and of course laughing- it’s the best medicine!

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