The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life and life more abundantly.
~ John 10:10
I don't know about you, but there are times I struggle with the entire concept of grace. Although the idea of being loved by God is highly acceptable, the thought that I've done nothing to deserve His love is difficult. Life is made up of choices, consequences, cause and effect, and reward or punishment, so the idea of unmerited favor is an uneasy idea to grasp at times.
You see, I like the idea that I've done something wonderful and I'm loved and appreciated for being such an amazing example of righteous living. It's easier to accept God's love if I feel as though I've earned it. But the sad reality is I'm not such an amazing example. Not of righteous living at least. Certainly there are time when my walk is more Christ centered than me centered, but much of the time I'm wobbling on the tight rope between working to gain God's approval, or mans approval. Neither of which will bring peace or contentment or earn me grace.
Because grace cannot be earned.
As the photo lists above has shown, all we can do is learn to abide in the grace God has given us through Jesus Christ. It is in abiding in Him we find peace, contentment and joy.
"Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in ME, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing." John 14:4&5
"I can live my life in response to grace, not in pursuit of it." from Life's healing choices by John Baker