Those whose lives are marked by illogical, outrageous joy seem to display five characteristics that form an acronym for GRACE.
The word grace is a short, simple word. But understanding the biblical depth and meaning of grace can take a lifetime of study and application. It's almost a shame that a word describing suppleness of movement or a short, quick prayer before a meal is the same word we use to describe God's unfathomable love for sinners. Nevertheless, it is grace that moves Him to offer us the free gift of salvation and forgiveness.
Grace is what compelled the Apostle Paul to write of a mystery never understood before (1 Corinthians 2:7-13). Grace is also what allows us to relax into another's accepting embrace as he or she gives us the freedom to discover our unique journey laid out by God. So relax as we journey together down the path toward freedom and the wonderment of the surpassing riches of God's grace!
Often the things we dislike in others are the very things we'd like to change about ourselves. But it's easier to concentrate on what others should change than what we should.
Does God expect Christians to be perfect? The short answer is yes and no.
See, to deny that I have strengths is ridiculous…just as is denying that I have weaknesses. Somewhere is the balance. Grace allows me the freedom to know the difference.
Yes, God does give us some commands and lists in Scripture that we should take seriously. But Chuck Swindoll tells us how to avoid looking at these verses legalistically.
Chuck Swindoll is known for his sense of humour, but it wasn't always that way. Find out how living in God's grace freed him up to be himself and have a lot more fun!
Legalists fear losing the boundaries that they think make them acceptable to God, so Chuck Swindoll expected some hate mail from The Grace Awakening. Find out what he did receive.
We don't worry about meat sacrificed to idols today, but there are other issues we get riled about. Chuck Swindoll tells a heartwarming story about grace extended to an "outsider."
Chuck Swindoll says there's no one more miserable than the one he calls a "grace killer." This person can't allow room for others to be different, which always leads to condemnation.
Being corrected can sting our pride. Who likes to be called out for misspeaking? But Chuck Swindoll says we can even show grace in the way we receive reproof from others.