Grace is the wild, progressive concept at the core of Martin Luther’s theology. As members of the Lutheran church, we are invited to believe that God’s grace is more powerful than our sins and shortcomings. It is to believe that God will extend love and acceptance to all of us without us having to earn a single thing.
Martin Luther writes: “I grasped that the justice of God is that righteousness by which through grace and sheer mercy God justifies us through faith.” As Luther reminds us, God has justified us through faith. Not through our actions, our to-do lists, or the leadership roles we take on in the church. God extends mercy to us, no matter what we have done, or left undone.
The message is an excerpt from “Accepting God’s radical grace” by SommerAnn McCullough in the May 2020 issue of Café. Today we remember James, the apostle.