We live in a cause and effect world. IF you bunk class, THEN you get detention. It’s natural for us to apply that principle to God – but it’s wrong.

God doesn’t fit into formulas, and His Kingdom ways are totally opposite to the workings of our world. It’s His kindness, not his anger or discipline or meting out of consequences, that leads us to repentance.

Paul writes about God’s wonderful kindness towards us in Romans 2:4 – read it here:

So, IF you sin, THEN God runs to you, and wraps you in His redemption.



Is there something you have seen or heard someone do (maybe you are that someone) and you thought to yourself, “oh my word, that person should never get away with that! I hope punishment rains down on them.”? Truth is we all deserve punishment to rain down on us. We were all born bad, sin made us bad.

BUT let’s read what Paul tells us in Ephesians 2:1-10 (

Instead of punishment and death raining down – undeserved mercy, kindness, love, grace (favour), salvation rained down. We went from bad to good. And not because of anything we could ever do, but because of EVERYTHING Jesus did.



Paul writes that ‘God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance’ (Romans 2:4)
Read Romans 2:4 here –

It’s incredible that God cares so much for us that He doesn’t want to leave you or me in the mess we make with our lives. He compassionately convicts us – unsettles us until we turn to Him for freedom.

If you sense a nagging knowing today that God has a higher and more beautiful road for you to travel than the one you’ve chosen to run down, don’t let the feeling defeat you. Gratefully lean into it. Your loving God longs to draw you close.


Paying Grace Forward

My friend is making malva pudding and custard for the painters who are working on her building. Why? Because she can.

Jesus says it is more blessed to give than to receive, and God himself demonstrates this by giving us far more than we could ever pay back.

If you’ve been blessed by God’s giving to you, don’t forget to “pay it forward”. Who knows, maybe it will even make you smile as well?

Show forgiveness.

Show kindness.

Show patience.

Show grace.

Because you can.

Acts 20:35 here: