Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | September 9, 2022

Where Grace Lives

“Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.” John 14:23 (ESV)

Home…where love grows, grace is extended and God is praised! Beautiful slogan don’t you think? Sounds incredibly inviting – who wouldn’t want to experience a home filled with love? Sounds too good to be true – who wouldn’t want to feel the warmth of grace in their failed places? Sounds beyond belief – who wouldn’t want to stay where worship is lived out in the ordinary moments?

Home… it’s supposed to be our safe haven – a place of acceptance without reservation. Home… it was designed to be the place where we love one another so that others will see Jesus in us. Home… it’s supposed to be the place where forgiveness reigns. Home….it’s supposed to be the place where God is known, worshipped and exalted.

So how’s our home? What’s life look like behind those doors? Would our husband, children, extended family or roommates find love, grace and praise under our roofs?

Harvesting love requires planting give and take – compromise without attitude. Especially when love must be tough but seasoned with grace. Receiving grace requires forgiveness – seeing others clothed in His righteousness. Especially when grace means letting go of our expectations in exchange for God’s.

The reality is if we all gave what we really wanted then home would be that safe haven – the place where love grows, grace is extended and God is praised! A place we’d all feel accepted, loved and valued. A place where peace, rest and comfort are found. A place where failures can be transformed into deep wells of growth. The place like no other place – home.

“Father, help me to be a planter of love, an extender of grace and a voice that never ceases to praise You.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Women’s Life


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