Grasping God’s Grace – He Had It Coming
Glenn Stanton is a director of social research and cultural affairs at the Colorado Springs-based Focus on the Family. As a media spokesperson for Focus, he had been interviewed by hundreds of print and media outlets.
A husband and father of five, Glenn says that he and his wife, Jacqueline, have little sleep but much joy!
Glenn has written The Little Big Book for Dads and The Fatherhood Movement: A Call to Action. He won the Amy Foundation writing award in 2001 and was featured in the PBS documentary, Affluenza.
What He Said … He Had It Coming
Our friend Steve, as our mothers might say, is a good Lutheran boy. When he was in college, he got himself arrested for driving while intoxicated. He felt horrible for being so foolish.
He had to call his parents from the police station and was afraid his father would hammer him even more than he had hammered himself for his irresponsibility. He explained his situation to his dad and waited for the angry lecture. That’s not what Steve got.
His dad said instead, “Son, how can I help you through this?” Steve’s heart melted.
Steve says this incident is one of the most powerful pictures he ever experienced of God’s grace. It was a small picture of the story of the prodigal son and the forgiving father.
This kind of grace is a powerful part of the nature of God. Satan condemns and oppresses us. God forgives and offers us freedom. Grace is Satan’s most bitter pill, because he wants us condemned.
Adapted from My Crazy Imperfect Christian Family (NavPress, 2004) by permission.
Prayer for the Week: I’m blown away, Lord, by your gift of salvation, which I could neither earn nor repay. I’ll be forever grateful.