Lent 2019 | Day 6: The Joy of Grace

There is a wonderful hymn I remember from growing up. It is called Grace Greater than our Sin [Source]. It was written by Julia H. Johnston. What I love about this hymn is that it captures some powerful truths about God’s grace and our longing for the redemption that same grace offers and promises.

Just take a few moments and read through it.

  1. Marvelous grace of our loving Lord,
    Grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt!
    Yonder on Calvary’s mount outpoured,
    There where the blood of the Lamb was spilled.

    • Refrain
      Grace, grace, God’s grace,
      Grace that will pardon and cleanse within;
      Grace, grace, God’s grace,
      Grace that is greater than all our sin!
  2. Sin and despair, like the sea waves cold,
    Threaten the soul with infinite loss;
    Grace that is greater, yes, grace untold,
    Points to the refuge, the mighty cross.
  3. Dark is the stain that we cannot hide;
    What can we do to wash it away?
    Look! There is flowing a crimson tide,
    Brighter than snow you may be today.
  4. Marvelous, infinite, matchless grace,
    Freely bestowed on all who believe!
    You that are longing to see His face,
    Will you this moment His grace receive?

The question I ask myself when I think about these words is this: How could I not rejoice at God’s grace in my life? 

The grace of God is a reason for joy. It is a fountain of neverending joy. And we are invited to swim in it. To soak in it. To allow its power and wonder and glory to wash over us and to wash us.

While there are things that can produce joy, they are there to point us to the greatest joy to be had in life, a joy that is found in God’s goodness toward us. Nothing in this world can provide or produce the quantity and quality of joy that Grace does.

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I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, husband, father, and author. I am an avid Cubs fan and a lover of Chicago-style Deep Dish pizza.

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