Is everyone never beyond the depths and reaches of God’s grace?
I’ve struggled with this question since I learned who this week’s POTSC Never Beyond Poster is. When I read the email my whole body wretched. In my mind, I’d found someone who I felt was beyond God’s grace. Beyond mine.
I’m not sure why it affected me so much. I’ve never been personally affected by it, but seeing the letters KKK in black and white screaming the need for grace and forgiveness sent me into a loop. As I mentioned, my whole body wretched. My heart screamed never.
I wondered how could I give forgiveness to people who in the name of Christianity abuse, kill, terrorize, and birth fear.
I couldn’t find words or compassion.
Then I read this quote by Phillip Yancy from his book What’s So Amazing About Grace:
After I read these words I stopped and reread them.
Grace is a stronger than vengeance. Stronger than racism. Stronger than hate.
I find it atrocious that men and women
hate persecute a fellow creation of God based solely on the color of their skin, the race into which they were born, or the religion they choose to follow.
But God’s grace & God’s forgiveness is stronger than this hatred and persecution. God’s grace reaches down, sees behind the cowardly masks and beholds broken, hurting people.
While I may struggle to find an ounce of forgiveness, God holds out His hand that is overflowing.