Exuberant Grace

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Jesus offered Peter an opportunity to live in exuberant grace

“Come out on the water.  Walk with me.”

Peter, in his enthusiasm, accepted.  And he walked.  And walked.

And then he realized his vulnerability.

At any other point, he would drown.

The waves rise high and threaten him.

And Peter feared.  And sank.

There was no shame of sinking.  We are only human.

And Peter cried out to the Lord for deliverance.

And Peter lived in grace.

But had he not feared, Peter would have walked in grace.

Jesus offers us opportunities to live in exuberant grace.

“Love your enemies.”“Surrender your possessions and give to the poor.”

“Turn away from your addiction.”

“Forgive those who have done you wrong.”
Then the doubts of our mind, of our friends, of our family overwhelm us.
And we might, in our enthusiasm, accept.  And we walk in Jesus’ grace.  For a time.

And we fear that God’s grace might not be sufficient.

We fear that we will live in our weakness and fail in everything.

We fear our vulnerability and that we might be harmed, or taken advantage of.

But Jesus is still calling: “Do not be afraid.  Do not be afraid.  Do not be afraid. Do not be afraid.”

The decision is ours:

Will we live exuberantly, mercifully, powerfully, surrounded by God’s grace?

Or will we live according to our fear?

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