A person does not have to clean up their life to be a recipient of God’s grace. Isn’t that good news. Whatever your past has been like, if you come to recognize your sinful ways and nature, and call upon God’s grace, you will experience forgiveness and deliverance. You may have been through broken relationships, divorce, an abusive past, or committed a crime. There is hope and forgiveness. Even though this blog is primarily directed toward Christians, believers are not exempt from present struggles or past failures. Many people, before they become Christians, have experienced horrible past lives.
Interestingly as I write this article I am listening to a song with the lyrics: “Grace will always be greater than sin. Calvary has proven it time and again. Whatever you’ve done or wherever you’ve been, Gods’ grace is always greater than sin.”
God never says, “When you clean up your life, come to me.” No, Jesus says, “Come to me, you who are heavy burdened and I will give you rest.” It has been said that Jesus will accept you just as you are, but the Holy Spirit of God will then begin a transformation process that will not leave you as you are.
The late Billy Graham ended every single crusade with the hymn, “Just As I Am.” Some of the words to this hymn are:
“Just as I am, without one plea, but that Thy blood was shed for me, And that Thou biddest me come to Thee, O Lamb of God, I come. Just as I am, and waiting not, to rid my soul of one dark blot; to Thee whose blood can cleanse each spot, O Lamb of God, I come. Just as I am, Thou wilt receive, Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve…” This hymn was written by Charlotte Elliot in 1834. She was too ill to leave the home to go on a family activity. She hadn’t been asleep all night, and was very oppressed and restless. It was during this time that she wrote the words of this hymn.
Never forget that you can always call upon God’s love and grace in times of great distress and need. But if you are not a Christian, the first thing you need to do to receive God’s grace is to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as your only savior, who died on a cross for your sins and rose from the dead that you can have the hope of eternal life.