Many of us find it exceedingly difficult to receive grace. We feel as though we need to earn our own way, or when we sin, pay penance for what we have done wrong. This is true in our approach to much of life, including how we relate to God and others. It’s difficult to receive grace because for much of our everyday life we have to work hard and earn what we get. In school we earn grades. On sports teams, we earn the right to be a starter. As we grow up and head into the workforce, we earn a paycheck. Pause for a moment and think about all the various ways you earn what you get. This is also how many relationships work. We earn trust, we earn respect, and in many cases we earn love. Human love has conditions. But that’s not how grace works.Continue Reading..