Thanksgiving: All is Grace #grateful #thankful #blessed
Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting. Psalm 118:1 NASB
He drove away quickly from our home, and I prayed that no one else on the road would be affected by our early morning, before-school argument. Our argument was small because this has been such a good school year, but still, my heart broke. Does he even know how much I love him?
Regardless of the reason, a mama’s heart breaks when a child chooses not to listen or chooses to rebel against expectations set in love. Whether it’s a home situation, a school situation dealing with grades or a teacher, or a situation with a friend, it’s only natural for our hearts that love so much to weep when they are broken.
We love, because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19 NASB
Just recently I’ve witnessed so many people go their own ways and not listen to Godly counsel or guidance. Some do not even acknowledge our Heavenly Father who loves them each unconditionally.And I mess up daily as I try to keep so many balls in the air or I worry about how it will all work out in the end.Then I think about how He must feel. When God looks at us does His heavenly heart break?
Oh, how we must grieve The Father when we choose to go our own way, not listen to counsel, act selfishly, and worry about things that are beyond our control, yet completely in His.
And then I remember.
All is grace.
In Christ, underneath the blood of His Son, all is grace.
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. 1 Corinthians 15:10 ESV
We have the superpower of the Holy Spirit. When He lives in us, we are in Him, and all is grace.
In her book, One Thousand Gifts, Ann Voscamp teaches the meaning of eucharisteo which in Greek means to give thanks. The root of the word is so perfectly charis or grace and the derivative chara or joy.
And when He had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.’ Luke 22:19 NASB
At the Passover seder table, Jesus took the unleavened bread, broke it, and gave thanks. In the brokenness, Jesus gave thanks and expressed grace, because, in Christ, all is grace. Then He lifted the cup of redemption.
In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.’ 1 Corinthians 11:25 NASB
The blood, or the seat of life, ran red right over a multitude of sins.
…but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. 1 John 1:7 NASB
God loves us so much that He sent His Son to offer atonement for our sins. His blood covers our sin from yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 1 John 4:10 NIV
And then it hits me and I remember:
When God looks at His people, He sees the blood of His Son. It is finished.
In fact, when we turn back to God we bring Him naches. Just as a wayward child brings a parent’s heart unspeakable joy when he returns with a repentant heart.
In Christ, all is grace and that is where joy is found.
Heavenly Father, We praise You today and we give you the focus on this Thanksgiving. Thank you for the precious gift of Your Son. Through the brokenness, we realize we need grace, and His blood covers a multitude of sins. In Him, all is grace and in Him is where we find joy. May we enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise as JOY enters our homes this holiday season!
In the precious name of Jesus, I pray,
Grace and peace be to you and yours and may you receive great JOY because the best is yet to come. Christmas is right around the corner and advent begins here next week! Please sign up with your email address to receive advent devotionals for your entire family right to your inbox.
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