If I care to listen,
I hear a loud whisper from the gospel
that I did not get what I deserved.
I deserved punishment and got forgiveness.
I deserved wrath and got love.
I deserved debtor’s prison
and got instead a clean credit history.
I deserved stern lectures
and crawl-on-your knees repentance.
Instead, I got a banquet spread for me.
One who has been touched by grace
will no longer look on those who stray
as ‘those evil people’
or ‘those poor people who need our help.’
Nor must we search for
signs of ‘loveworthiness.’
Grace teaches us
that God loves
because of who God is,
not because of who we are.
— Philip Yancey