Breathe in Jesus, Exhale Grace

Breathe in Jesus, exhale grace,

And be a light on a hill, for this world is hurting, and people wander around looking for something new to fill that void. Billy Graham once said in his crusades that you could be the richest man on the earth, but still be empty on the inside due to not having Christ; therefore, it does not matter how much money you have, how many things you obtain, or how many promotions one might get, for if we do not have Jesus, those things will never be enough.

 “but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”” John 4:14

Those things will never fully satisfy, they will never be able to quench that thirst, but Christ, in His everlasting mercy, is the well that one will never thirst from when they drink deeply from it.

Breathe in Jesus, exhale grace,

Because broken people are all around. Whether we are aware of it or not, as we are going on with our lives, our daily commutes, and into our regular modes of life, the people around us have stories, battles, and things we do not know about. The people in front of you might be hurting, and the people behind you might have lost their job, their marriage, or they might be spiraling out of control. Due to not knowing, we must be kind, humble, and show them grace, for if we want them to see their need for Christ, we have to show them the grace, love, and mercy of Christ.

We must show them that when we place everything at His feet, He picks up our broken pieces and makes us whole. We must show them that when we walk the narrow path and pick up our cross, the end will be worth the pain, and we must show them that there is something more to this earth, to the suffering, and to the pain, and that something is Jesus.

Breathe in Jesus, exhale grace,

Even if people do you wrong. When Jesus was asked by Peter how many times a person must forgive, Jesus replied with “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.,” therefore, we should always have a heart of forgiveness, yet while perplexes me is how some people are not willing to forgive, yet Jesus forgave us and our sin.

Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?”

Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.” Matthew 18:21-22

Imagine if Jesus were to acted in such a way; in a way where He said, “I don’t want to give them forgiveness, for they did me wrong by sinning?’ Imagine Jesus acting like we do to other people? Imagine if Jesus decided to take that approach, because He had the right too, He had the power too, and we all, every single one of us, deserve to hear the words, “Why should I forgive you,” but the amazing thing about grace and His unfailing mercy, is that He chose to say, “In your darkest, I still loved you.”

How amazing is that? That the same One who created the stars, the seas, the sky, and the heavens and the earth decided to step down from His throne and suffer a gruesome death so that you and I could have a way to Him? Through our sin, He saw us as worth dying for even though we were unworthy of Him. Many times am I overwhelmed by the love of Christ, and many times do I cry tears of joy, for when you truly realize that your sin placed Christ on the cross, you will want to thank Him every minute for His grace.

However, what about us and the act of forgiveness? We should love like Jesus, and forgive, even if it means swallowing our haughtiness. Even if that person might nto deserve your forgiveness, refusing to forgive is not showing them Christ. Instead, you are showing them a hardened heart, you are showing them the opposite of Christ, and how can they ever see Christ if you are acting the opposite of Him?

“And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32

No, you are not perfect, I am not either, and we will fail; many times, but when we make it a habit of breathing in Jesus and exhaling grace, then we will begin to become more conscious of our actions, and then maybe, as we remember grace, Jesus, and His sacrifice, forgiving people, no matter how small or how big the offense, will become an important part to who we are, for if Christ can forgive us, then we should forgive as well.

Breathe in Jesus, exhale grace,

And drink deeply from the well. Christ, the Living Water, will never make us thirst again, and to Him we shall run. Though the narrow path is not easy, and our walk in Christ will come with trials, pain, and broken moments, may we never forget to drink from the well, for when He said, “it is finished,” death had lost the fight. Christ in three words, ended it all; ended the sting of sin and made a way.

May we never lose heart as we continue to grow and become well-watered, and may He be our source of refuge when we find ourselves in tedious waters that threaten to bring us under the waves. May we have the faith to not look back as we step out of the boat, for towards Jesus we shall run.

As hardships, storms, and battles come our way, may we never forget the gift of tenderness, for while pain may come in the night, joy comes in the morning, and so as we walk through the unknown, let tenderness be on your lips, kindness on your heart, and wisdom on your mind, for no mountain, battle, or storm is worth losing our gentle hearts or our meek souls, for the enemy would love to see our hearts hardened, and due to his constant prowl, we must stay alert in faith, tenderness, grace, and mercy.

“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

Breathe in Jesus, exhale grace, because Jesus breathed grace and love into our lives when He was beaten, mocked, and placed on a cross. Breathe in Jesus, exhale grace, because we are not worthy to stand in His presence; therefore, in return, we must glorify Christ and His name by being a light for Him. Breathe in Jesus, exhale grace, because this world continues to plummet, and they will never hear about Jesus unless someone is a light, and breathe in Jesus, and exhale grace, for He is the reason you are alive, and it is no longer you who lives, but He who lives inside of you.

He is the song I will forever sing, He is the one my heart seeks, and He, in His perfect mercy, looked at us and said, “I want them to have grace, not suffering,” and for us, He suffered so we wouldn’t have too, and in return, I will not relent in my pursuit of Him, for He is worthy of my praise, He is worthy of a faithful heart, and He is worthy of my love.

So breathe in Jesus, and exhale grace.

3 thoughts on “Breathe in Jesus, Exhale Grace

  1. Excellent post. It seems as if gratitude maintains a direct connection to forgiveness. Gratitude for the mercy and grace shown to us by God, hence the more grateful we are towards God, the more gracious we are able to be towards others.

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