Grace Happens

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“The best name for God is compassion.” – Meister Eckhart

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Support my ministry by purchasing my songs and books at the links following the scripture reflection below. Thank you!

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Psalm 67:2-3

May God be gracious to us and bless us; may his face shine upon us. So shall your way be known upon the earth.

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The truth is: God is gracious to us and is blessing us.

God’s face is metaphorically shining upon us.

God is love (1 John 4:8).

What else would Love do but be gracious, bless us and shine upon us?

We have been poisoned by a toxic image of God that implies the One who created everything is testing us to see if we measure up.

This image tells us that when we fail we invoke God’s anger and that we deserve punishment.

How can this image jive with a God who is love?

As scripture states, “Perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment, and so one who fears is not yet perfect in love” (1 John 4:18).

Jesus gave us the perfect example of a loving God when he told the parable of the Prodigal Son.

The father in that story runs to his returning son when he has not even admitted his atrocious sinfulness.

The father requests no apology or restitution nor does he exact any punishment.

Instead, he throws the son a party!

I know.

It’s so hard for us to accept this kind of love when we have been taught for so long that we have to earn love.

And the amazing thing about this is that you really can’t experience God’s unconditional love until you receive it in your brokenness when you least deserve it!

When you have done nothing to deserve it, you receive total love and acceptance.

That’s a Love that transforms a person.

That’s a Love that ignites the Love that a person carries at their core, a Love implanted in them by an Infinite Love.

And then, lo and behold, you actually start shining this Love with your life such that God’s way is known upon the earth.

It’s the way of Love.

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Listen to the song of the day “The Way You Are” on the Mercy Reigns album by clicking HERE.

Stream and/or purchase my songs on Amazon Music by clicking HERE.

Purchase my new book “Listen to Your Heart: A Daily Devotional of Calling, Purpose and New Life” on Amazon by clicking HERE.

Purchase my book “Mercy Reigns: A Daily Devotional of Compassion, Comfort and Healing” on Amazon by clicking HERE.

Remember: God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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