The Gracious Gospel
When we let our family stories be redefined by a new, redeemed story in Christ, we find ourselves coloring in the old lines of hurt and struggle with grace. Grace allows that people are broken and doesn’t place on them the kind of pressure that only Christ can handle. Grace lets us stand up for ourselves with truth and honesty without fearing that our identities will be crushed without our loved ones’ approval. Grace allows us to draw boundary lines that are healthy, to limit the access that unhealthy people have to the vulnerable parts of ourselves. Grace gives us choices.
In Christ, we truly are new—new sons and daughters of our heavenly Father who created us, loves us, and desires communion with us. The grace of our Lord allows us the strength to love the family we’ve been given—flaws and all—while not allowing those sin patterns to repeat in our lives. It means embracing what our family can be—and releasing them from what they cannot be. It’s taking our deepest needs and having them met in the only one who’s truly perfect, who can love us the way we need to be loved and can impart to us the kind of unconditional love that yields the fruit of joy, peace, and contentment in Him.
Adapted from The Struggle Is Real: Getting Better at Life, Stronger in Faith, and Free from the Stuff Keeping You Stuck by Nicole Unice. Copyright © 2018. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.
Nicole Unice is an author and Bible teacher who has a passion for bringing God’s Word to life in a personal and relevant way. Her training as a counselor informs her work, as she emphasizes the importance of facing our own reality and embracing the transforming power of God’s grace.
Invitations to speak have taken Nicole around the world, and her books come to life through her popular video curriculum series found on RightNow Media. Her heart belongs to Hope Church in Richmond, Virginia, where she serves as ministry director and leads Praxis, a full-time ministry residency program for young leaders.
Nicole holds degrees from the College of William and Mary and from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She loves creating space for spiritual growth in the everyday rhythms of life with three children, two pups, one husband, and a whole community of twentysomethings who regularly raid her fridge. Find out more at http://nicoleunice.com.
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