How much do you really know about God’s grace? We sing about it in church, we recite it in Bible verses, but do you really understand what it means? I will be the first to admit that this book, One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World by Tullian Tchividjian was a huge eye-opener for me. God’s grace is bigger than anything we have ever experienced before!
Even though the author Tullian grew up as the grandson of Billy and Ruth Graham, he still had a rough time. Rebellion had a grip on his heart and it affected all of his family. But because of their choices to offer grace instead of judgment and punishment, he eventually came back “home” to his family, and was forever a changed man…all because of grace.
Tullian does a marvelous job in this book of describing the differences between God’s Law and God’s Grace. I love the way he explained it in the book: “The law offends us because it tells us what to do–and most of the time, we hate anyone telling us what to do. But ironically, grace offends us even more, because it tells us that there is nothing we can do, that everything has already been done.” (pg.72) Wow! I really had to think about this one for a while. There is nothing I can do, but now that I know it has all been done, I want to do more!
God’s love really is a one-way street. We can never love Him back in the way that He loves us. There are so many Christians who believe they are “good enough” because they are doing their best to follow God’s law, but that simply is not the case. We can NEVER be good enough! As Tullian so elegantly puts it: “…once you realize that you don’t have to do anything for God, you may find you want to do everything for him.” (pg.183) And this is how God’s church should run! We shouldn’t all feel overwhelmed and overworked with helping others. God’s free gift of grace frees us to do these things out of the desires of our hearts, not out of guilt or the thought that we can somehow earn God’s love. How freeing!
This book is truly one of the most amazing books about grace that I have ever read. I have a whole new appreciation of what exactly God’s grace is. I can’t work for it, I can’t earn it, it is just freely given. Tullian is absolutely right…never before have I felt such joy in wanting to go out and spread the news of this free gift from God to everyone! If you have ever struggled with the idea that you need to earn God’s love, then please read this book. Your spirits will be lifted and your thoughts will be changed.
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