There is power in honesty. This month has been one of those months where stresses are high and everything feels crazy. Like when you think, “how do people even life with this much going?” crazy. I am learning that opening up and not being afraid of what people think and how they see you is possibly the most freeing thing in the entire world.
God has blessed me with the best people that do not judge when I make tough decisions and that support me in the stressed out and crazy state of a student with 2 jobs, a life, 18 units, a relationship, and sleep depravity. WE HAVE ALL BEEN THIS KIND OF CRAZY. However, in the course of one week I have seen God’s grace in a new and tangible way that has made me realize the reason why we as human beings need community. Community provides a place of growth. It sharpens and challenges and hugs you when you fall flat on your face. God gives it to provide conviction and sharing so that we are never alone. Community provides encouragement. This encouragement has directly visualized Jesus and the way He loves. You see, Jesus listens and stands with you always. Then things unravel and He goes to the Father and says, “I have made her clean”. The Father doesn’t even have the lens to look at you in any other way than in love. HE STANDS IN THE VIEW OF JESUS’ GRACE ON YOU. We are so undeserving. Community is that physical example of people who are there to remind you that God is bigger than you. God is bigger than your sin. God is bigger than your anxiety. God is bigger. He can see the bigger picture and He is forming and shaping you to be a beautiful work of art, in fact He already has. The minute Christ died the sins of the world were covered and that covering lasts forever. You must choose for yourself if you are to stand in Christ’s grace or in darkness. It is very clear. This week my community has helped me choose to stand in Christ’s grace instead of darkness and I am oh so thankful for the covering of grace that I wear boldly as I choose to live for Christ the best I can daily. I hope this encourages you to step into the truth of your sin and walk into the covering of grace that is freely provided by Christ.
But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in[a] Christ Jesus our Lord… But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code. Romans 6:22-23; 7:6