The concept of grace has always been a fuzzy one. All I knew was that when I read about it, I was enthralled by what the author was pointing to when they spoke of it.
It’s been showing up a lot lately in my studies. Every time I read/hear of Grace (yep, I’ll go ahead and capitalize it), I feel something internally shift. Like something has been awoken from a deep slumber.
I’ve been wanting to write about it here for a long time, but every time I tried, it was like sand falling through my fingers. I couldn’t quite represent it in words. I still can’t — and likely never will be able to — fully articulate it, but I think I’ve come up with something for you to chew on this morning.
Grace is the love that makes no sense.
Grace is the thing that happens when someone betrays you, but you release your ego’s thirst for revenge.
It doesn’t make sense. Your logical mind is like, “Dude, they cheated you — you can’t let that slide.”
But Grace rises above this voice and takes the hate, fear, and deception out of circulation (kind of like what I wrote about on Easter) by absorbing it and releasing it.
Same thing when your daughter throws her cupcake on the ground in a bratty-ass fit of demonic manipulation and rage. The logical mind is like, “Bro… Dad… You need to teach that kid a lesson and spank her little ASS like YOUR dad woulda done to you.” (For some reason, my logical mind/ego is a bro — sorry.)
But Grace rises above this voice. It smiles (it even kinda chuckles) and focuses on keeping her safe until she cools down and is more receptive to a calm, but assertively loving, message.
This is what Grace does.
To the egoic mind, it makes no sense. Logically — pragmatically — this is the order of the day…
Bomb them back.
Make them submit.
Plan a preemptive strike.
Love with your guard up and an exit plan.
Give, but expect.
But to Grace, this is so exhausting and fruitless. To the heart, all of the above is illogical.
And in hindsight, looking back, living from Grace leads to far fewer regrets and emotional prairie fires to put out at a later date.