Grace, Grace, God’s Grace
We speak of grace. We sing of grace. We write about grace. Here are some words about living it.
Everyone sins. “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” 1John 1:8 Although we’ve been set free from the bondage of sin we still have remnants of gun powder lining our pockets. So this is our caution: Walk as one with gun powder who lives among the sparks. This is the essence of God’s counsel to us in Matthew 7:1-5 and Galatians 6:1-3. Dust yourself off first before moving into the heat.
We all need continued forgiveness and stumble in many ways. (James 3:2) Let this not be an excuse for poor behavior but rather be a truth that tempers our censure.
Ask God for more tenderness to mist over your breath and coat your words. Few of us err in the critical department but many suffer from a sharp tongue that is easily set on fire from Hell. (James 3:2-12) Don’t give the Devil that foothold.
Living in grace takes a constant reminder of two things: who we are and what He has done for us. In light of our escaping an eternity of rightfully earned torment we should have no problem dancing for joy as we forget not all of His benefits (Psalm 103:1-5). And in that dance we do not wield the overbearing weight of a cynic’s gavel. However, this does not mean that we don’t judge or have discernment.
What it does mean is that just as we are held back by God’s grace from being as depraved as we could be; we, too, do the same when it comes to others. We live by the spirit of grace rather than by the letter of the Law. This does not nullify the Law for we know that it is perfect, holy, and right, (Romans 7:12) but what it does do is keep us from wearing the Pharisee badge. Let us purpose to encourage and warn – to uplift and rebuke – to strengthen and admonish considering ourselves first lest we bite the dust.
Grace living entails understanding the ‘both/and’ of the Gospel. We are both a sinner and a saint at the same time for as long as we are both forgiven and being sanctified we will always see cracks in ourselves that need to be mended yet we are called to walk in a manner worthy of our calling. (Ephesians 4:1-3)
When we understand this the shock of sinful behavior is removed and replaced with the curative of grace. What we need more of is our brothers and sisters coming along side of us to bear our burdens while we move forward to glory. To this end I pray.