For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich. - 2 Corinthians 8:9
When you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, you want to give it away. When you understand what He has done for you, you can’t help but share that gift with others. Meditating on the gift of grace in our lives is how we grow in our knowledge of grace.
One of the first places our meditation should take us is to forgiveness - that is the ultimate demonstration of grace. We are broken, sinful people who deserve eternal damnation. If your daily prayers don’t take you to the place where you are reminded of just how you fall short of the glory of God, then ask God to break your heart for your sin as His is broken. But He made a way for us. He sent His only Son to the cross to die a death we should die so that we could live with Him. We are a forgiven people - despite the fact that we continue to sin on a daily basis, we are forever forgiven and made right in the eyes of God. If we are given this gift for free, what gives us the right to withhold our forgiveness of others? Forgiveness is unearned and undeserved, it is unconditional and without limits, it immediate and complete. This is how our forgiveness for others should look.
When God forgives us, He welcomes us into His family. We are a child of God. This deep and loving acceptance is another grace of God. Without hesitation or condition, we become sons and daughters of the Holy King. He doesn’t look over us and pick and choose, He doesn’t point out our faults, He just welcomes us into the family. He accepts us as we are, with all our shortcomings and our faults, with our past and our failures. He doesn’t say we need to fix anything or change before He accepts us into the family - He says come as you are. Our acceptance of others should demonstrate the same grace. Far too often we put conditions on our acceptance of others. We pick and choose who we want to love or be around based on lifestyle. God accepts everyone, and so should we.
Press on ~ you are loved 💗
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