The mortgage was due on 1st.
It was the 3rd- and there sat the envelope on the front table, waiting to go in the mail. My heart sank.
As a rule-following kind of girl, it really bothers me when I mess up like this. I expected a late payment would be incurred and that there would be a ding on my credit rating.
I was upset with myself for forgetting to get the check in the mail before I left on vacation.
As it turned out, even though check arrived late, I never had to pay anything extra and I never got a black mark to my credit.
A Grace Period
The bank had given me a “grace period”.
Even though they were within their rights to impose a penalty, the bank chose not to.
Had I repeatedly been late with my check, I’m guessing it would be a different story. But this time, I received grace.
We’ve all been there.
When was the last time you messed up, knowing there were consequences, but instead you received grace?
How did it make you feel?
A late check is nothing compared to the reality of the debt every single person has incurred against God.
God’s Powerful Grace: and how it benefits all people
God is holy and just.
He doesn’t owe us anything.
We’ve all sinned. We’re born with a sin nature and there’s nothing we can do to earn God’s favor.
“Life itself is grace”
We ALL, whether we realize it or not, are living in a “grace period”.
And, to read the rest of this wonderful article, go with me over to Dawn Klinge‘s site.
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Each week, we highlight and explain a core doctrine. Then, we pose the question, “Why does this matter to you and me?”
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It is our prayer that by the end of the year, we all find more delight in understanding what we believe and why we believe it.
“…And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27 (ESV)
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