Bishop’s Heart

The writer of the Hebrews letter issued a declaration of faith which challenges all of us to hear the heart of God — Don’t miss God’s Amazing Grace!

Hebrews 12:15 says, “Work at getting along with each other and with God.  Otherwise you’ll never get so much as a glimpse of God.  Make sure no one gets left out of God’s generosity.”  (The Message)

The Complete Jewish Bible translates the same: “Keep pursuing shalom (God’s Peace) with everyone, and the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.  See to it that no one misses out on God’s grace, that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble and thus contaminates many ….” (vv.14-15)

Over the centuries way too much ink and oxygen has been spilled out on this subject.  C’mon, is there anything harder to explain than the great grace of God?  Or amazing grace toward other people and even your own heart?

No matter what angle you take – God’s grace just doesn’t make sense.  More times than not, the grace of God just isn’t fair.  Too often we’ve confessed (silently or out loud) — “This great grace cannot possibly cover what I’ve done…”

Maybe the only real way to understand the amazing power and freedom of grace is to experience it?   And what I know is … No sin is so crude and great, and no bitterness is so raw and deep that God’s grace cannot transform the heart and rewrite the story.   I also know the Bible is filled with “trophies and truths of grace”.

And my prayer for this post-Easter series: This is Amazing Grace  is that each message will help all of us develop a deeper appreciation for the life-changing power of God’s unconditional love, unmerited favor and unlimited forgiveness.

– Ray