For the prodigal son
For the woman at the well
For the blind man and the beggar
For always and forever
For the lost out on the streets
For the worst part of you and me
For the thief on the cross
Grace wins For a world that is lost
By Matthew West
I woke with these lyrics on my mind. How powerful they are. Such an amazing song by Matthew West. As we reflect on all the things that could have taken us off, we give ourselves room for redemption and receive the grace He has given to us. No more beating ourselves up. That doesn’t benefit anything or anyone, especially when we bear fruits of a repentant heart.
In “The Message” translation of Romans 5:20-21, the bible states, “All the passing laws against sin did was produce more lawbreakers. But sin didn’t, and doesn’t, have a chance in competition with the aggressive forgiveness we call grace. When it’s sin versus grace, grace wins hands down. All sin can do is threaten us with death, and that’s the end of it. Grace, because God is putting everything together again through the Messiah, invites us into life—a life that goes on and on and on, world without end.
We all need this grace. Grace in the first term is elegance or beauty of form, manner, motion, or action; a pleasing or attractive quality or endowment. In the third term, which is what we can receive from our Heavenly Father is favor, goodwill or a manifestation of favor especially by a superior. And since God is sovereign, He gives us a manifestation of favor and goodwill. He takes our lowly stature or appearance and makes us elegant. He takes our brokenness and makes us beautiful. All that sin, death and darkness tries to do—is cancelled out immediately by the work of Jesus.
The enemy is constantly reminding folks of their struggles and imperfections. You keep reminding yourself of every little slip or fall. But God wants to remind us every time we go to that word that His grace abounds more. We don’t take it for granted, we accept it. We benefit from it. We live by that grace. So when those thoughts begin to torment you, cast them down quickly so that GRACE WINS EVERY TIME. Pick yourself up and try it again. That is the beauty of grace. We can make things better and do things right the next time. Our opportunity for growth doesn’t cease with Him. He gives us an ocean of opportunity and possibilities that are endless.
We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 The Message
Tear down the barriers. You can do that. With the power of God’s word! Put the word of God before those thoughts daily, so that they are canceled out every time. Just like the song. Which there are so many other stories to be told, including ours. For David and Bathsheba, grace won. For Saul who became Paul, grace won. For the woman caught in adultery, grace won. For the woman with the issue of blood, grace won. For Zacchaeus climbing the tree, grace won. For Peter denying Christ, grace won. For all the disciples that fled, grace won. So no matter what the situation is, grace will win every single time.
When you see all the sin in the world running rampant, just know –there’s more grace!