Not a day goes by that we do not need to receive from Jesus His healing, restoring, redeeming grace. God’s mercies are new every morning but that truth isn’t given to us for passive information. That truth is given so that we might embrace and take hold on this day the grace God has for us.
Are you looking for grace? Are you stuck in your past feeling like you are in a perpetual penalty box? You will not find the grace that you really need within yourself. The grace you need is an alien grace – grace from another place. This is an external grace that comes to you as a gift from Jesus himself and when your heart condemns you, this external grace is greater than your own heart (1 John 3). It’s a provision from God that you accept by faith.
But know this: grace often feels bad before it feels good. Why? Because in taking hold of grace we actually feel the pain of our own brokenness as we confess, repent and do business with God at more than a superficial level. And here’s the good news: though I may be prone to remember my woeful shortcomings, God loves to remember me according to his mercy!
Listen to David’s heart as he overcomes his self-condemnation with a declaration of this awesome truth: “Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths.  Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.  Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old.  Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for the sake of your goodness, O Lord!” (Psalm 25:4-7).
Take hold of God’s grace today as a palpable and tangible reality. Perhaps you need to pray the words of Psalm 25:4-7 aloud and boldly – claiming this reality as your own. Place God’s grace over any vestige of despair and march into spiritual battle today gripped by grace. “According to your steadfast love remember me!”