Grace Unending


I didn’t used to be the way I am now. I struggled with my anger. I struggled with patience. I struggled with getting things my way. When I first started in the workforce, I worked under supervisors who knew my attitude was an issue in my youth. They confronted me on so many occasions. I’m surprised I didn’t lose my job many times. Since then, I have been able to work though many issues. Not to toot my own horn but I would like to believe my maturity level has risen. But I’ll leave that to the court of public opinion.

Now I work in the behavioral class at the local junior high school. Yea, go figure. But God has led me on a path that has brought me to a place that is full of irony. Quite paradoxical at times. However, this is where he has me; working with kids who have attitudes. This job has as well as previous ones have helped me grow in grace and patience towards others. I don’t have near the grace I need but I have way more than I used to.

It is a constant reminder of the grace God has for me. When we sing of amazing grace, I sometimes wonder if people really understand the depth and width of grace that God has. His grace is more extensive than our minds and hearts can make sense of. Our comprehension level can not measure the depth of God’s richness in grace and mercy. He knows we are made of dust and yet his love and compassion are inexhaustible.

Psalm 103:8-14

The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.

He will not always accuse,
nor will he harbor his anger forever;

10 

he does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.

11 

For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;

12 

as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

13 

As a father has compassion on his children,
so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;

14 

for he knows how we are formed,
he remembers that we are dust.

May we all be found exhibiting the grace and compassion towards one another.

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About Kevin Riner
child of grace, worshiper of Jesus, husband, father, Pastor of Village Church, author of Faith Debugged

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