It was our dear friend William who wrote these words - "Grace is grace despite of all controversy" (Shakespeare).
Now, often our immediate reaction is 'how can grace be controversial?' Well, just spend enough time in a Christian community and very soon you will see what he means. We are all more than willing to receive the unmerited favour of Jesus (grace), but when it comes to our granting of grace, well, let's just say that we are not as quick to respond.
It is only those who understand how much they have been forgiven that can distribute grace with true liberty. For the person who considers their sin 'not-so-bad' God's saving hand seems weak and it isn't long before they become their own masters again. True Grace moves us only into the role of a servant of God (John 13). We can't serve two masters, as Jesus pointed out.
Grace is controversial because it saves all who are willing to submit to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. It is also controversial because it reminds all Christians that there can only be one person on the Throne - that means it is either me or Jesus.
May grace make us more aware of our need to step off our own 'high-horses' and to wash the feet of the King.
Living in the controversy of Grace,