Instead of enjoying God’s ocean of grace, many Christians are still trapped—not by sin but legalism. Legalism with its layers of restrictions cuts them off from freedom and smothers them with shame.
The word grace is a short, simple word. But understanding the biblical depth and meaning of grace can take a lifetime of study and application. It's almost a shame that a word describing suppleness of movement or a short, quick prayer before a meal is the same word we use to describe God's unfathomable love for sinners. Nevertheless, it is grace that moves Him to offer us the free gift of salvation and forgiveness.
Grace is what compelled the Apostle Paul to write of a mystery never understood before (1 Corinthians 2:7-13). Grace is also what allows us to relax into another's accepting embrace as he or she gives us the freedom to discover our unique journey laid out by God. So relax as we journey together down the path toward freedom and the wonderment of the surpassing riches of God's grace!
The bold proclamation of God's Word has been replaced with shallow substitutes designed to entertain rather than convict. It's time to “restore the years” that the locusts have eaten.
Can you minister grace to people who don’t inspire you to acts of kindness? Let me suggest a good beginning. Stoop down and embrace them. Love that reaches up is adoration. Love that reaches out is compassion. But love that stoops is grace.
This Easter, celebrate the Resurrection of the Saviour with Pastor Chuck Swindoll. Discover how Jesus’ Resurrection is no mere hoax but is, instead, the foundation upon which God invites you to build your life and to rest your hope.
Marriage, as God intended it, is a mutual thing. It goes both ways—God never asks more of one than the other, though He asks the maximum of everyone.
What is it inside us that makes us want to do something even more after we're told we can't? Chuck Swindoll knows what it is, and he also knows the solution.
Think of someone who may have blown it. He or she needs your love, not your judgment. Leave grudges to the world and open your arms with a forgiving embrace.
The word says “there ain’t no free lunch,” but God says “but to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness.”
Your mistakes don’t disqualify you from God’s love or His plan. Remember, all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
There’s no way you can lose your salvation. It’s a gift received, not a wage earned.