Grace Over Guilt
“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense (Greek, apologia) to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear” (I Peter 3:15).
apología (apó, "from" and lógos, "intelligent reasoning") – properly, a well-reasoned reply; a thought-out response to adequately address the issue(s) that is raised.
To argue or debate is not the goal. Why? Because it is possible to win the argument, while at the same time, lose the soul. But rather, as Christian influencers, it needs to be our gracious focus to give well-reasoned replies to those who ask about our faith in Jesus. Therefore, use these narratives to best share the heart behind your Overwear.
1.) There is no error too great that can ever trump the greatness of God's grace. As a matter of truth, God’s grace enters most beautifully through the passage of our mistakes. Therefore, don't try to figure it out, but rather let go of your guilt and begin living grace out. “But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more” (Romans 5:20).
2.) Because of God's grace, we don't have to hide our scars. Because of His grace, His scars are in fact covering ours. By His stripes we are healed. “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5).
3.) Your testimony may be heavy, but God’s grace is heavier. And nothing in this world can weigh more than the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and the forgiveness offered to our desperate souls. You may think your failure is heavier than this, but I'm here to tell you that God’s grace is greater than all our sins. “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” (Ephesians 1:7).