I mentioned in my last post that I made a decision during the spring of 2017 to start writing for the sake of writing again. It was during this time that I actually began to write a book…that I have yet to finish. I thought I could write about a particular topic for 150 pages or so, but the idea of a long-term blog project still scared me to death. I don’t see my life as anything particularly unusual. I’m a 24-year-old with a toddler, a husband, and a job. We live in an average, American city and lead a pretty normal, lower-middle-class life. Who needs to hear about that?
Then, I slowly began to realize that this is exactly what women need to hear about.
When we share the Gospel with others, we showcase 4 main things: (1) Who God is; (2) Our need for a savior and the reality of sin; (3) What Jesus did to make us able to be forgiven of sin; (4) Our response is to repent and believe, and then we are forgiven, and can now walk in the newness of Christ. The beauty of grace in the moment that someone becomes a believer is so pure and majestic. Joy fills your heart and your life, and you walk away a new creation (and feeling like one!).
But then, I feel like something slowly starts to happen: guilt sets in. Now, sometimes this guilt is part of the Holy Spirit working in our hearts to make us aware of our sin so that the process of sanctifying us to become more like Christ can occur. While it is so very important to repent of sin that the Holy Spirit brings to our minds, it becomes a problem when we are so weighed down by our own shortcomings that we forget the joy of the work Christ has done! Yes, there’s sin, but even more than that, there is endless grace to cover that sin. “Come, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.” (Isaiah 1:18)
Our crimson sins. Deep, deep, blood red stains. Our God took those, and washed them as pure as the most beautifully white, snowy landscape. That, my friends, is grace. Undeserved, miraculous, glorious, beautiful grace.
The Holy Spirit works within us to convict us of sin. He knows our every weakness, and he will gently work through circumstances in our lives to sanctify us. This is why this space is called Grace Over Guilt: because I pray that the Lord will use me to remind you daily that “from his fullness we have received, grace upon grace.” (John 1:16).
Welcome to Grace Over Guilt.