Nobody ever wants grace until they reach that point where they don’t just want it, they absolutely need it. Grace always comes undeserved and often unexpected, but when grace arrives, there really is nothing sweeter. Welcoming God’s grace is an act of trust. Extending God’s grace is an act of mercy. They are two sides of the same coin. When the opportunity arrives to welcome grace, only a fool would pass it by.
How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I bear pain in my soul, and have sorrow in my heart all day long? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?
But I trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
I will sing to the Lord, because he has dealt bountifully with me.
Psalm 13:1–2, 5–6
How long did we focus on the death we feared, rather than the love we were made for? How many years did we waste in pain and lament? All of it has been redeemed by the grace of God working beside us. Sing the song of freedom! Life has been renewed through the love that will not die. How long shall the eternal song be sung? I trust in that steadfast love!