In a recent FaceBook Live video, I posed the question to viewers, "Why is grace so scary?", and there was plenty of response.
In our church circles and Christian communities, often the word "grace" is whispered like some clandestine dirty scandal and we all start to tense up. I mean, if we show unmerited grace to our neighbor, or even crazier - from the pulpit - suddenly we've opened up Pandora's Box, right?
If we give grace, then people will just do what they want, and we can't have that!
But what if our obedience to God is a response?
What if our understanding of grace and the gospel informs how we behave? What if, when we fail, as we do (and often), we know because the Bible tells us so, that He will never leave us or forsake us? And what if we give that same grace to others?
Don't be tempted to throw the baby out with the proverbial bathwater. Giving grace, forgiveness, mercy, and understanding to a fellow sinner doesn't automatically cross out the consequences of choices, sin, and action. There is a right and proper place for church discipline, but ranking people on a netherworld spiritual scale must not be allowed to lodge there.
Is grace scary to you? Do you think you understand the grace of God? How does grace play out in your life?