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The Beautiful Complexity of Faith

Have you ever felt completely content yet anxiously desiring for more? It’s a unique balance that I believe was placed in our hearts for a purpose. As we grow in our faith, we learn the complexity of grace and works in our lives.


I find that many of David’s psalms speak well to the human condition, and to many of the desires we can’t find the words to on our own. In Psalm 18, he shares the following:


He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.The Lord has dealt with me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands he has rewarded me.*”


Going through this psalm shines a light on a fascinating truth: God delights in us as his creation but he also deals with us according to our righteousness. It’s a beautiful complexity in the Christian faith, that we are treasured for who we are yet called to do more. It is the balance of grace and works moving in our lives. We can rest in this beautiful complexity by affirming our identity in God and seeking deeply to grow. For this is the great call of the Christian, to be in loving communion with God and to live out our faith in righteous action.


When we get that sense that we are loved where we are and desire to be better, it is a godly feeling. It’s a reminder that we are perfectly placed in God’s love on the path of sanctification. For when we know that God in his mercy saved us, we not only accept it – we respond to it with our lives.


*Psalm 18:19-20

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