October 16, 2012

“You are altogether beautiful, my darling, And there is no blemish in you.” Song of Solomon 4:7 New American Standard

It takes God a long time to make these words “real” in your life. These are the very words that Jesus turns into life .. into healing .. into a fresh start .. into hope .. and into love that becomes your very strength. He takes all those parts in you that don’t seem to fit .. are sometimes forgotten or neglected .. and more often discounted as not worth much .. AND .. He exchanges his life for every spot, wrinkle, and blemish in your life. He reaches into your heart with His Spirit and washes away your shame. He pours his grace over all the scars .. regrets .. and things you can’t let go of. He speaks words of love so deep that you begin to hear your name and it sounds like joy .. and life .. and a freedom not found anywhere but in Christ! Why does it take so long? In reality, it is but a moment of God’s time. But in the midst of real suffering .. real brokenness .. and real heartache it can feel as if time has stopped and God has forgotten. He hasn’t forgotten. The Cross covers all time .. all hurt .. all sin .. all things broken and things deemed irreparable. Jesus is the One who is making you whole .. inside and out. He is the One who opens your heart and mind so you can hear His words of love. He is the One who lavishes forgiveness .. breaks the chains of condemnation .. and washes away every blemish and stain. “You are altogether beautiful my daughter .. my son”. They are more than words. They describe the life that is yours in Christ. They describe you … and it only takes a moment …

“that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she should be holy and blameless.” Ephesians 5:27 New American Standard

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Spotless and Blameless followers of Jesus and friends of Priority One (ken@priorityone.org) HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEETIE … YOU ARE SS4:7

About Ken Chester

I love seeing Christ become alive and real in someone's life. It is amazing what happens when Jesus moves in and starts to renovate a life. When I'm not riding my road bike, I am usually walking our corgi named Trinity (she came that way) and corgi-lab named Lowrider. Carolyn and I are transforming our backyard. And a book is on the way. ...Stay tuned ... Ken
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