Grace. It’s one of those words we use as Christians that supposedly means a lot, but often fails to grip us, change us, or fuel us. Here’s what I’ve noticed about grace so often:
- People who claim to love it fail to live it.
- Those who are saved by it are hesitant to extend it to others.
- We are much better at judgement, legalism, and hard-fast rules than grace.
- Grace often looks liberal…like we fail to stand for truth. But just remember, grace is truth.
- Generosity of all sorts sprouts from authentic grace lived out of our lives…generosity to overlook an ugly failure, a past debt, an unfortunate interaction, an unjust accusation, and more….
- Many who claim to know what it is have trouble actually embracing it in its fullness.
“Grace” has become so commonplace in our Christian verbiage that it slips off of the tongue with little thought to its mighty power. Grace is what only true Christ-followers can give to the world. It is:
- Unconditional love and acceptance.
- Lack of judgmental-ism, even when others may “deserve” to be judged.
- Christ-like love in action.
- One of the most powerful forces on earth.
- Loving people, “even though”, not “because of.”
- Our ONLY hope of a right standing with God.
“You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich,” 2 Corinthians 8:9.
When we actually depend upon God’s grace to live every day, we will actually extend grace to others in every way.
This is the ONLY way to live!