Monday, September 04, 2006

Grace

Grace. If there is one word that I want to understand fully it is this one. I have experienced the grace of God, and yet I really do not know what grace is. How can I experience something and not know what it is? I feel like Paul, “I see in a mirror dimly.” With me there is the realization that I fully do not understand the grace and love that God bestows upon me. I am still so blind in so many areas concerning Christ, especially grace. I have looked up definitions of grace, but from the written page they come across coldly. In Vines Expository Dictionary the definition of grace is in part, favorable regard, loving-kindness and goodwill generally. Jesus while we were still at enmity with Him responded with grace. Even now despite the pride, selfishness, condescension, materialism, etc...etc...etc... which still exist within, Jesus treats me graciously. He has a favorable regard, loving-kindness, and goodwill toward me. Amazing. If I truly believe that God is gracious to me, despite myself, why the difficulty in being gracious toward others? Do I have a high regard for the inattentive waitress? Grace. Do I show loving-kindness for my co-worker who insults? Grace. Do I have goodwill generally for the person who may or may not be taking advantage of social services or am I just angry? Grace. Do I have a favorable regard for my supervisor? Grace. Do I show loving-kindness to my wife when we are at odds? Grace. Do I have goodwill generally for the brother or sister in Christ who seems always to hold a different opinion at Church business meetings? Grace. Grace is wonderful and easy to receive but sometimes difficult to give. May we choose to be gracious and pray for the strength.

“Bless those who persecute you; bless and curse not. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation. Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men.” Romans 12: 14-17.

“Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned, as it were, with salt, so that you may know how to respond to each person.” Colossians 4: 6.

4 comments:

Deb said...

I have thought long and hard about grace, too, and my lack of giving it freely. I easily am angered or frustrated with others, including Christians. I have to remind myself at the very least that God is working different things in us at different times ... but more than that, I need to remember that He extends the same grace toward me that He gives to everyone else. This is humbling, remembering that someone else may have the same list of "issues" with me that I could have with them.

I think that grace comes out of a deep love--a love that would lay down its life for a brother ... or an enemy. I need more of that love, and I hope that recognizing that fact opens me up to obtaining it in greater measure.

Laymond said...

I believe you are more grace filled than you realize. you have shown grace everytime you commented on my blog, because I certainly did not deserve such fine commentary.

Godzheart said...

Grace truly is amazing. I have been reading a book "Captured by Grace" by David Jeremiah and realised, how we've taken God's grace for our lives for granted. I especially like a quote from Martyn Lloyd-Jones "There is no more wonderful word than "grace". It means unmerited favour or kindness shown to one who is utterly underserving...It is not merely a free gift, but a free gift to those who deserve the exact opposite and it is given to us while we are "without hope and without God in the world"

Nice post brother.

davidcwelker said...

really enjoyed reading your blog. especially your post on "grace". true, something we can't hang on to, is it ? without being able to freely give it away, it becomes something other than grace, doesn't it ? thanks again for such an encouraging blog.