God Has a Strange Way of Keeping Score

Through the gospel God counts your sins against Christ, not against you.  He offer us acceptance based not on what we do or don’t do, but on what Christ has already done.  It’s an acceptance that can be neither gained by our achievements nor forfeited by our failures.  Nothing in this world can promise you such total acceptance and favor – nothing.  And that’s what makes his grace so amazing.

– Tchividjian, Tullian; Surprised by Grace: God’s Relentless Pursuit of Rebels; Crossway Books; Wheaton, Il; copyright 2010; p. 87-88

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What Jonah’s Story Tells Us About God’s Amazing Grace

God’s second commissioning of Jonah lets us glimpse three aspects of God’s amazing grace:

  • First, God doesn’t hold grudges.
  • God doesn’t necessarily lighten the load.
  • God is more interested in the worker than he is the work.

– Tchividjian, Tullian; Surprised by Grace: God’s Relentless Pursuit of Rebels; Crossway Books; Wheaton, Il; copyright 2010; p. 86-89

Second Chances are Not Guaranteed

But again, its wise to remember from Scripture that second chances aren’t guaranteed once we’ve disobeyed God in a certain matter the first time.  Just ask Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5).  Or Lot’s wife (Genesis 19).  Or King Saul.  While Saul disobeyed the Lord’s guidelines for defeating and destroying the Amalekites, the prophet Samuel brought him a blistering response from God.  Nothing matters more than Obedience, Samuel told him; to disobey is “rebellion” and “presumption”, just as bad as idolatry (I Samuel 15:22-23).

– Tchividjian, Tullian; Surprised by Grace: God’s Relentless Pursuit of Rebels; Crossway Books; Wheaton, Il; copyright 2010; p. 86