And you just want to shower yourself off? You stand in the shower crying, scrubbing, screaming sometimes, crying some more... for what seems like forever with the water just washing over you?
That is what God's grace feels like. That washing-over-you feeling... making that dirt and disgust go away... But it's inside. Whether we did something wrong or someone did something wrong to us, God's grace washes it all away. You feel refreshed, renewed, revived!
We all have icky stuff we carry and sometimes we don't even know we are carrying it! We have buried stuff so deep that we think it's gone, dealt with, no longer there... but it isn't... all we've really done is swept it under the carpet.
Then, in due time, the Spirit within us brings it to the surface again - to either deal with or sweep back under the carpet. From my own experience, dealing with it is sometimes the most unpleasant experience ever! It means I have to look at myself, my actions, or my lack of forgiveness. But what I have found over time, is the more I realize about myself, the more I want God's grace! God's grace is my shower of facing and forgiving. I KNOW that through Jesus my sins, my faults, my flaws - all that yucky stuff - it's forgiven... but perhaps my forgiveness of others is not fully there yet or I need to ask for forgiveness of someone. God's grace helps me do that.
And the cool thing about God's grace - God gives us just enough for each and every day! Not too much and certainly not too little. He knows exactly what we need in every single way to make it through every single day, as we shed off the yucky and walk into a greater, deeper, more free, more peaceful relationship with Him. God's grace is everything!! God's grace is proof of His love for you and for me!!