God loves me, Adores me, Watches over me, You are for me, Grace loves me and it’s not what I desire,
And nothing that I’ve earned, But daily grace saves me…
I love this song by Tasha Cobbs and the lyrics are more than fitting as I read the reports of the massacre in Orlando. The story is sad no matter what way you look at it. Lives taken prematurely from a senseless act of violence. Although I don’t agree to or condone the lifestyle of those that were killed or injured, it is still extremely sad and no one deserves to die in this manner. I can’t even fathom the fear that ran through the minds of those that watched as others were slaughtered as they waited to see if they would be next. I have thoughts of wondering if those that were hiding or watching as the gunman came closer if in that moment they prayed, asked for forgiveness for their lifestyle and sins, accepted Jesus as their Savior…we will never know. All we can do at this point is pray for the families that were affected and hope that this incident would allow them draw closer to Christ.
I can’t help but reflect over how that could have easily been me just a few years ago. I was in and out of the club quite frequently and when I think about how God shielded and protected me even when I was deep in my sin and pulling further and further away from Him, all I can say is thank you Lord for your Grace and your mercy!!! I can think of the many times my friends and I stood and watched fights or even just was careless in not watching our surroundings while having a “good time”. What if He would have closed the book of my life in those moments? I was playing the role of a Christian, I looked the part on Sunday mornings, but during the week, among friends, covered that mask to blend in with the world. Doing whatever I wanted to have a good time, but what if? What if He didn’t love me, what if He didn’t bless me with that Grace, if He hadn’t shielded me with His hedge of protection, what if He didn’t save me when He did? I didn’t deserve it then and I don’t deserve it now but I am so, so, SO grateful, so, so, SO thankful that He didn’t forget me, that He continues to bless me with His grace daily even when I continue to fall short, continually letting Him down…God I thank you.
Today I commission you to do the same. Reflect back over your life and see just how merciful and gracious God has been over your life. Give thanks and praise to Him for the gift of grace. Repent where you have failed to do so, and pray for His continued favor upon your life and His hedge of protection. Submit to Him and remain within His will for your life. It is so worth it and so needed more than ever in the world that we live in now. I also commission you to pray for Orlando and our world in general. Pray that people will turn from their wicked ways and draw closer to Christ. He is able to save and wants to save their souls. Grace saved me, it saved you and can save them.
For no [a]person will be justified [freed of guilt and declared righteous] in His sight by [trying to do] the works of the Law. For through the Law we become conscious of sin [and the recognition of sin directs us toward repentance, but provides no remedy for sin]. But now the righteousness of God has been clearly revealed [independently and completely] apart from the Law, though it is [actually] confirmed by the Law and the [words and writings of the] Prophets. 22 This righteousness of God comes through faith in Jesus Christ for all those [Jew or Gentile] who believe [and trust in Him and acknowledge Him as God’s Son]. There is no distinction, 23 since all have sinned and continually fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are being justified [declared free of the guilt of sin, made acceptable to God, and granted eternal life] as a gift by His [precious, undeserved] [b]grace, through the redemption [the payment for our sin] which is [provided] in Christ Jesus, – Romans 3: 20-24 AMP
Peace & Blessings,