Grace - Ps Graeme Leske

12th September 2020

"And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry, although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus."

1 Timothy 1:12-14 (NKJV)

It is confession time - again!!!!!! Just recently we were in the Barossa Valley looking at a property with my mum. We had just driven away from the property we were looking at, and coming out of the town turned onto the Sturt Highway. Not really thinking, and assuming I was in a 110km/h zone, I accelerated down the road. In under a minute I was being waved over by the police. Yep - I was done for speeding doing 93km/h in an 80 zone and it cost me $440 and 3 demerit points (Just wanted you to feel my pain! Haha). The reality was, it was my fault and the officer was very friendly - even understanding - BUT - no grace was given!!! I am so grateful that my Heavenly Father is not standing by ready to hand out fines or demerit points that will be added up on Judgement Day. Paul made the point that the grace of God is ‘exceedingly abundant’ and he could testify to the fact, knowing the horrific things he had been guilty of. Yet he knew the reality of God’s forgiveness. Did Paul go on to live a perfect life? No! Have any of us gone on after salvation to live perfect lives? No! We have all had lapses of judgement, even deliberate failings at times, yet God’s grace is still there for each of us. You may have noticed that almost every New Testament letter finishes with the phrase ‘The Grace of the Lord Jesus be with you’, indicating that grace is ongoing and available for each of us as we follow Christ. The day I was pulled over, I had a fleeting thought; ‘If only I could rewind 10 minutes’ and I said to Chris afterwards, ‘I could kick myself’. You know what - none of that would have helped. I did it and it was time to move on. Please don’t live in regret for mistakes made and please don’t keep ‘kicking yourself’. As a Christian you are not about to get a fine or demerit points from God... Accept His grace and move on!!!

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