For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 5:15-16 (NIV)
Our dysfunction for His grace! Isn’t that how most of us come to God? There we are, standing before Him, wreaking with the stench of our human failings and dysfunction. And what does He meet us with? Is it contempt or anger? No! Because of Christ, we’re met with His grace.
Can you picture the scene in your mind? A holy, righteous God reaching out His hand of grace to us as we stand before Him, disheveled, unkempt, with all of our generational dysfunctions in tow behind us. By grace we are saved, as we come to the feet of Christ and ask Him to be our Savior.
He knows we can’t clean up our own act, at least not in our own power. So He offers us grace. His grace is sufficient for us because His strength is made perfect in our weakness.
Does He want us to continue in our dysfunctional way of life? Of course not! As believers, we are admonished in God’s Word to become more and more like Christ. It is a lifelong process to grow in Christ. I’m grateful for God’s patience with us, for His love and compassion for us – and for His grace