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No Shame On You

Laycie Costigan

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The truth about grace is that wrestling to understand it and accept it can feel like trying to sprint in waist-deep water. You know the motions, yet there's a force that keeps you from running freely. But working to increase your own understanding of grace, you'll only enrich what you pour into your children's ministry.
Brennan Manning, a long-time student of grace, says in his book The Ragamuffin Gospel, "My deepest awareness of myself is that I am deeply loved by Jesus Christ and I have done nothing to earn it or deserve it." Manning calls God's grace "scandalous" because it's so contrary to our understanding-and yet it's the thing that saves us. Is your deepest belief about yourself that God loves you? That kind of belief takes childlike faith to trust God at his word simply because he said it. It seems kids have something to teach us, too. Allow grace-not shame-to own you, and you won't be able to stop it from spreading throughout your ministry.

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