Grace and Boldness

“Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

In the Epistle reading for today in the Daily Office, we have this wonderful verse from Hebrews.  This verse describes for us the way in which we as believers in Christ should approach our relationship with God.

Should we come to God with meekness and trembling?  Should we approach God with sacrifices and groveling?  No, because we have Christ as our mediator, because God became flesh and knew the trials which we face and have to overcome (which most of the time we are unable to, but which Christ overcame without fail) we may approach our God with boldness and certainty of mercy.   We can approach God’s throne, assured of God’s mercy especially in times when we most need God’s grace and mercy.

How amazing is THAT?!  We sinful creatures can approach God when we are in need of help, and God’s love will be given to us because God is merciful.    This is wonderful news.  This news is SO wonderful that many just cannot believe it is true.  When was the last time the world we live in acted and treated us like that…with mercy and grace?

We have a difficult time with grace in our society…the society that coined the phrase, “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.”  Nothing comes for free, well, nothing except the unconditional love of God.   There is no magic divine scale that God uses weighing our sins against the good we do in the world in order to earn God’s love.  God doesn’t work like that.  God gives God’s love freely; period.  The trick is to know that and believe it.

What would you do if you truly believed that God loves you unconditionally, without end, forever…just because you are you?



About matthewhanisian

Associate Rector at St. Alban's Episcopal Church, Washington, D.C.
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2 Responses to Grace and Boldness

  1. noniesings says:

    Thanks Matthew. What would I do? I would live without fear and say Alleluia even at the grave. 🙂

    See you soon.

  2. bob Witten says:

    This very comforting. You encourage me to stand up straight and approach the Lord as he approaches me. I know I can’t possibly love the Lord as he loves me, but I can give it my best shot! Very comforting! Thanks Matthew.

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