This is a question which is kind of nagging me for past couple of days.
Can we really ‘teach’ Grace?
Few days ago I got an opportunity to share the message of Grace to two already saved people (at least they claim to be) but followers of some ritualistic religion.
When I told them that God forgave ALL of our sins and now He is not dealing with us on the basis of sins. It kind of offended one person. He interrupted and called it blasphemy.
For a moment I thought may be they are too early for the knowledge of Grace.
Then I asked them couple of questions such as:
Was it a result of earnest confession that Jesus said – ‘Father forgive them for they don’t know what they are doing’?
How many sins the thief on the cross confessed and asked forgiveness when Jesus said you will be with me in Paradise?
How many sins the adulterous woman asked forgiveness when Jesus said I don’t condemn you?
They said they agree all those but still think that it is our ‘pride’ that keeps us away from asking forgiveness for the day to day sins.
Overall it wasn’t that a pleasant conversation.
After all these my wife pointed out one thing to me which triggered some thoughts in me.
This is what she said in a nutshell - We can successfully teach law. But the understanding of Grace cannot be really “taught”.
The example she said was parent-children relationship. We can easily teach our kids the rules and its obedience.
But when it comes to the understanding of our love, they HAVE TO EXPERIENCE it. It can’t be just theory. It has to be practical.
Does this mean that we shouldn’t teach Grace at all?
I am not sure.
But one thing I know - it has to be experienced. We have to get hold of the meaning of the statement – “While we were yet sinners, God loved us through Christ”.