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Tuesday, 04 April 2017 04:39

The Promise of Amazing Grace

Written by  Sam Belkofer, LPC
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Spring reminds us of God’s promise that there is constant and consistent rebirth. For Christians, the Resurrection of Christ is God’s most loving and powerful Promise and gift of all.  Each year, Christians honor and practice the rituals of Lent, leading us to the sacred despair of the crucifixion of Jesus and the joy of the Resurrection of Christ.  This affirms God’s promise of eternal life by the path to him through our faith that Christ will lead us there. This time of year it is easy to see this promise in nature’s gifts of blooming trees and flowers, the greening of grass and the gradual warming of the temperature. The earth is made new before us. We have the choice to be made new as well.

 

Jesus reminded Christians that… “Truly, I say unto you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of Heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of Heaven.” (Matthew 18:3-5)

 

Children are innocent, accepting, open, non-judgmental and available for joy. They are humble in that they are ready, willing and desirous of learning. They seem to sense that they don’t know it all, and this removes the burden of needing to be right.

How freeing and wonderful this is for them and a gift to be valued and emulated by adults. It seems that the older in years that we become, the more important it is to us that we are “right” and know enough. This view seems to turn us into people that are not accepting, are judgmental and are not often available for joy. We can choose to be different in this respect which would seem to be a good choice. 

 

If we lose humility, we may forget God’s promise of “grace”; because we may lose sight that we need it.

 

“Throughout the ages, there have been many stories about the unearned and unsolicited action of grace. Grace is a gift that is independent of our good works or grievous errors. Like the sun, it shines freely on all.”Joan Borysenko

 

 The gift and promise of God’s grace is to me, one of the most precious. When one takes a moment to recall the peacefulness attained when receiving grace, it is a humbling and grateful place in which we find ourselves. God promises us that his grace is always there. It is up to us to choose to accept this gift.

 

When we lose humility, we lose touch with the blessing of the ability to ask for God’s promised help when we are in trouble.Jesus says, “Ask and it shall be given to you; Seek and you shall find; Knock and it shall be opened to you. For whoever asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, the door is opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8)

 

We might equate a lack of humility as self- importance. By definition, self-importance is a sense that we are the center of everything, with things revolving around us. When we forget that we are all connected to each other, we become unable to see the world, God’s Creation, and his children, as they are. Our perspective becomes skewed. In order to become a child again, it is necessary that we realize that we have two selves. Our higher self that is connected to God and his promises and our self-centered self that obstructs our view of the world and sometimes makes it difficult to “Take the High Road”.  The part of us that is focused on self is connected to our past, and this is where judgment begins. This is why children are able to be open and accepting. They have no substantial past and are simply available to the moment. I believe that the concept of the promise of God’s grace can help us be able to let go of judging others and work to become more open to the possibility of the goodness in others.

 

“The life of Jesus is one of the greatest teachings on freedom, humility and nonjudgmentalness.” Joan Borysenko

 

Jesus said, ” Come to me, all who labor and are heavily laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and you will learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

 

As we celebrate our Redemption through Christ in the wonderful “newness” of Spring, let us take a moment to become children again.

 

 

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