Many Christians live discouraged in their relationship with God. What they need to lift them out of this discouragement is an understanding God's grace. Grace will turn their discouragement into encouragement. Before we take a look at grace, let's first take a look at some reasons many Christians live discouraged lives.
Christians who are living discouraged lives feel guilty before God because they have messed up. They have made decisions and mistakes in their lives which they feel bad about. The live daily with the guilt of what they have done. If only they could go back and do things differently, but they can't. If only God could forgive them, but they think he won't. This guilt robs them of their confidence and removes their hope. They remain discouraged. If they only knew about grace.
Christians who are living discouraged lives fear rejection from God because they feel they cannot measure up. Because they have messed up so bad and so many times, they feel they can never measure up to who God expects them to be. There is this nagging sense of rejection from God.They live in silent fear believing that God will one day toss them aside because he is tired of them. They live in silent fear believing God will want nothing to do with them because of what they have done. If only they knew about grace.
Christians who are living discouraged lives fake spiritual health with God whenever they show up. Whenever they show up to church or Bible study, or, are around Christian friends, outwardly, they seem happy and full of joy. Yet, inwardly, they are sad and full of discouragement. They simply can't get beyond what they have done. They continue to put on happy faces around others. All seems well between themselves and God. They attend church, serve on a ministry team, participate in a small group, sing worship songs, read their Bible, and pray. But, on the inside, they feel guilty before God and fear rejection from God. If only they knew about grace.
Christians who are living discouraged lives may fall away from God by giving up. They may think thoughts such as What's the use? I can never get it right. I've messed up. I can never measure up. God doesn't want anything to do with me. I've sinned too many times. Why even try?So eventually, they give up and fall away from God. If only they knew about grace.
To Christians who are feeling discouraged, God wants you to know about grace. Grace comes into the middle of your discouragement and become your greatest encouragement. The following verse tells us about the encouragement of grace.
May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace
gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts
and strengthen you in every good word and deed.
2 Thessalonians 4:16
God wants you to be encouraged with grace! He wants you to live an encouraged not a discouraged life. God's encouragement is empowered by grace and is eternal. The eternal encouragement of grace can start today and never end. Once you understand God's grace, you will live in the NEVER ENDING ETERNAL ENCOURAGEMENT OF GRACE. This eternal encouragement of grace will...
So how can grace encourage you eternally?
You can be encouraged eternally because you are the object of God's grace. Ephesians 2:1-9 says that at one time we were the objects of God's wrath or objects of his punishment because of our sins. However, because God loved us so much, he made us the objects of his grace or his kindness. Rather than God pouring out his punishment upon us for our sins, Jesus became the object of God's punishment for us. Our sins deserve punishment. Because he is a just God, he had to punish sin. But, because he loved us so much and desired to be in a relationship with us, he poured out his punishment upon Jesus. Jesus became the object of God's punishment and we have become the object of his grace expressed in his kindness to us in Jesus and lavished upon us abundantly (Ephesians 1:8). As a result, we no longer have to live fear of God's punishment or rejection. You are the object of his grace, accepted fully by God because of Jesus.
You can be encouraged eternally because you have been forgiven by God's grace. Ephesians 1:6-8 says God has freely given us his grace in Jesus, the One he loves. It is by this grace that the penalty for our sins was paid for in full (redemption) through the blood of Jesus. This grace freely given us in Jesus not only paid your sin penalty in full, but purchased for us complete forgiveness. Because of God's grace, you are completely forgiven for all the times you have messed up, for all the sins you have committed. You do not have to live anymore feeling guilty. God's grace removes your guilt!
You can be encouraged eternally because you have been saved by his grace. Ephesians 2:7-9 says you have been saved by grace through faith. Grace is God's unconditional love, unmerited kindness, and unlimited forgiveness poured out upon Jesus for you. Because Jesus fully paid your sin penalty and you have received his payment by faith, you have been saved. You have been saved from having to pay your own sin penalty and have been brought into a relationship with God. Your salvation is permanent. You HAVE BEEN SAVED. Salvation is permanent because God permanently paid your sin penalty through Jesus and your relationship with God can never end no matter how many times you have messed up and fail to measure up! The fact is, God knew we all would mess up and would never measure up (sin). That is why we all need his grace. God will never reject those who have received his grace.
If you feel like you are alone in your mess-ups and failure to measure up, you are not. All of us have sinned and need grace. All of us are in need of God's eternal encouragement of grace!
Because of God's grace freely and abundantly poured out upon you in his kindness through Jesus, you do not have to live in discouragement any longer. You do not have to feel guilty anymore. You do not have to fear rejection from God. You do not have to fake spiritual health. You are now free. You are the object of God's grace. You have been completely forgiven and permanently saved. Enjoy the eternal encouragement of grace!