Dictionary.com defines grace in many ways, one of them being the manifestation of favor, especially by a superior. It also defines it as elegance or beauty of form, manner, motion or action.
Lets face it, sin is ugly, it’s consequences are ugly and not exactly what we would call lovely, in reality it disgraces. Even though that is the goal of evil, to disgrace the human heart, Jesus came and bore the weight of disgrace to bring grace.
In reaching out to women who are (or have been) sexually exploited I see one common theme…disgrace. That is probably the one word to best describe what evil has done to them. Yet, my heart rejoices, not because of what they have been through, but what Jesus has done and what He will do in their lives. My heart jumps at the thought of the passion Jesus has for these women and how He longs to reveal to them that He has removed their disgrace.
Jesus bore the weight of our sin, He bore the weight of our disgrace and rendered it powerless. In other words, what Christ did on the cross reversed the curse. Jesus returned our grace, He returned favor, and possibly most important to the heart of a woman…He returned beauty.
Not sure about you, but I quite humbly, in the presence of God, feel quite lovely. Knowing that Jesus died bearing my disgrace so that I could live here on earth (not just in heaven) in grace. You see, what Jesus did was not just for the hereafter, but for the here and now. If you are living today feeling disgraced, ashamed, discouraged, unlovely or unloved – please know that there is One who sees you, sees your pain, sees the disgrace of your past, but sees you not as you see yourself. He sees forgiven, He sees holy, He sees lovely…He sees grace because He carried the weight of it like no one else ever could.
So from now on when you look in the mirror, ask God to see yourself as He sees you…ask to see the grace. I guarantee your heart will forever be changed.
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