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True peace with God comes to us when God says to us, “you are one ugly person. I can’t stand to look at you. Your breath stinks, you’re out of shape, and you aren’t worthy of me. Here, take this outfit of righteousness - put it on. Keep it on. Take these works of my Son. Take this holiness of Christ. Take this faith from the Holy Spirit. Take this love. Let me love you.” When we realize that God loves us as a gift of mercy and accepts us based on Christ, it gives us true peace. It’s kind of like when you get married to a fellow Christian. You both vow to stick together with one another for richer or poorer, in sickness and health, til death do you part. If you both take your vows seriously, there’s some permanence there. It means you can kind of let your hair down around one another - relax. There’s something comforting about being able to be grumpy around my wife, let my breath stink around my wife, or maybe even letting some gas fly now and then. We’re committed to each other, and we don’t sweat the small stuff. Standing in the grace of God - in a similar way - is a completely liberating experience. It’s as if all the pressure to be here in church - to die - to live - is lifted from us - when we’re saved by grace. If God married me by grace, then He’ll keep me by grace. Even though I’m still am a sinner, I don’t have to fear that God is going to reject me for one slip of the tongue or one evil thought that crosses my mind. He won’t reject me if I’m overweight, if I’m grumpy, or if I have an anger ...

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