Grace Upon Grace

It may take time…but love will always win out.

(Listen to my song “Radically Okay” on YouTube by clicking HERE)

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1 John 4:18

There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment, and so one who fears is not yet perfect in love.

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When you experience being loved unconditionally…you can’t help being transformed.

When you least deserve or merit it…you are loved.

This confounds the mind and the ego.

If you’ve ever experienced it…your heart melts.

For me…my life could never be the same.

I could no longer buy that God…who is Love itself…could ever do anything but love us.

There was no longer anything to fear about God because as the scripture says above, “perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment.”

Love does not punish.

God’s justice is not retributive…but restorative.

When we do something opposed to love…God wishes for us to see and feel what we’ve done but only in the gaze of Love.

This is exactly what moves a person to want to make amends so that restoration can begin.

We experience this kind of love when we look upon Jesus on the cross when he says, “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34).

That, my friend, is grace.

It helps explain why Jesus would tell mystic Julian of Norwich, “All shall be well.”

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Listen to the song of the day “Radically Okay” on the Mercy Reigns album by clicking HERE.

Stream and/or purchase my songs on iTunes by clicking HERE.

Remember…God loves you!

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About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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