The Wonder of God’s Grace

Do you ever feel hesitant to talk to God because you feel like you are not worthy to be calling his name? Some people feel this way because of their sins. Honestly, I feel this way sometimes. I have found myself several times having second thoughts about coming to God in prayer because I feel embarrassed of the wrong things that I have done. I guess we all have felt this way at one point or another–that we are unworthy to call upon God and ask for his help or blessing. The wonder of God’s grace is a thing to behold though. He forgives us of our sins!

Is it right to feel ashamed of our sins? Well of course! But is it right to let our sins keep us from coming to God? Definitely not. The great King Solomon gave us these words: “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.” (Proverbs 28:13)

Do not allow our sins to take control our lives. Remember that the blood of Jesus is greater than any sin that you can commit! Dwell on what Jesus has done for you instead of what you have done against God. As it says in Ephesians 1:7, “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace…”

Here’s a very simple yet meaningful illustration of the wonder of God’s grace: “God Teaching Me About Grace.”

Pointing Out the Faults of Others

A post I read this morning called, “Perspective on Faults” it reminded me of our persistent our human inclination to point out the faults of others. While some people have overcome the propensity to notice the mistakes of others, a lot of us still have work to do to overcome this unhelpful and even perilous habit.

I know a few people who have no hesitations whatsoever in telling others that what they are doing is wrong. Honestly being around them can be uncomfortable, embarrassing, and even scary. I have heard them explain a couple of times that pointing out the sins or errors of others is a part of their Christian duty. I guess I agree to some extent, but the way they do it just don’t seem to work for me.

Making someone aware of their wrongdoing can be right as it may be the only way for them to get out of a dangerous path. However, this task when done wrong can push someone further away from God as well as put our own souls in danger. As it says in Galatians 6:1, “Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourselves, or you may also be tempted.”

So when we feel as if the Lord is calling us to help others back into the right path, we should remember that we ought to do it gently, and with consideration to our own weaknesses and shortcomings.

What Sin Has Done?

I am pretty sure that we all know what sin is. As a matter of fact, we all have experienced sin, but have you actually put thought into what it has done to all of us–the entire human race? A blog entry on “Why Sin Is Such a Big Deal?” caused me to ask myself this question and call to mind some of the terrible things that sin has brought on us. I put together a short list below:

1. It separates us from God.
2. It subjects us all to pain, illness, and death.
3. It makes us self-centered instead of God-centered.
4. It caused Jesus to die on the cross.

Sin has brought us short of our destiny. It has deprived us of a life with God–a life free from sorrow, pain, or death.

The good news is that we can all be forgiven for our sins because God is good! Confession is the solution to sin, and it is a wonderful feeling to be allowed to repent and start anew.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation: A Refresher

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is an important Catholic sacrament that all practicing Catholics should be taking part in regularly. However, if you haven’t been attending as regularly as you probably should be I bet you could use a reminder. Four words you want to keep in mind when thinking of Reconciliation are repentance, contrition, penance, and absolution. These four words represent what the Sacrament of Reconciliation is all about. By regularly attending Reconciliation you can feel these four things in your life, and also begin to feel changes.

An article called, “The Sacrament of Reconciliation: Explained”, lays out all of the reasons why you should be going to Reconciliation regularly, and also explains how this can lead to a better life. You will feel good being less burdened by sin!