Grace Transforms

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“God loved us before he made us; and his love has never diminished and never shall.” – Julian of Norwich

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Listen to my song “Radically Okay” on YouTube by clicking HERE.

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

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Ephesians 3:17-19

That you, rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the holy ones what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

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St. Paul was truly a transformed person.

And the beautiful and radical fact of the matter is – he had nothing to do with it.

He knew that he had been saved by Grace.

And I don’t mean “saved” from some divine punishment.

Paul was saved from the punishment he was doing to his own soul and to the souls of others.

When he was known as Saul, he was brutally persecuting Christians.

That’s when he encountered Grace on the road to Damascus.

He was confronted with the truth, but was not threatened with punishment.

Instead, he received forgiveness and compassion.

He experienced the beginning of restorative justice.

He was overwhelmed by an Ocean of Love beyond all comprehension.

God, who is Love (1 John 4:8), filled him.

We need to keep this in mind before we throw anyone under the proverbial bus.

Yes, we must follow our conscience in standing up to anyone who we believe is causing harm; but we must always do so in the knowledge that that person is also a child of God.

We must always do so in the spirit of non-violence.

All people are redeemable.

This is the work that Jesus started and is continued today through the Spirit of Christ (or love, compassion, Spirit, or whatever name you wish to label it).

Do you know that you are infinitely loved by Love itself?

Ground yourself in that Love, and then share it in your words and actions.

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Listen to the song of the day “Radically Okay” 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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