“As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. For He says, ‘In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.’ I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.” 2 Corinthians 6:1-2
Grace: “Favor shown in granting a delay or temporary immunity; clemency, pardon.”
We are not to receive God’s grace in vain. Think about all of the times when He has shown His grace to you or your family. He has shown you favor when favor is not justice. How did you receive it? His love, mercy and grace for us is so great and so strong it is incomprehensible to my knowledge. Sometimes I sit back and wonder why He chooses to give so much love and grace over and over. His mercy shed itself on the cross; why wasn’t that enough? Because His love never ends. He longs to give and give and give to His people! He desires to lavish His unfailing love upon us. We were created to live and breathe love and grace! But unfortunately we fell short, and this world has lost the meaning of what grace is. People condemn rashly, judge harshly, and accuse despite what the truth is. Despite what we see and what we go through, God sees hurting people that have been blinded and lead astray, and He longs to give what we need so that we can return back to our heritage. I am not saying that grace is to always be used just as freely as the wind blowing in your face. There is a time of judgement and a time of grace. But it is not our place to judge. The only thing we can do is give it to God, and depending on the situation, give the benefit of the doubt, return with grace, and love as Christ would. Do unto others as you would want them to do for you! Just as Christ pours out His unfailing grace upon us, let us not forget to pour out just as much, if not more to those around us.
I will admit that there are a few coworkers that I struggle to be friends with. With as much rumors and gossip that goes around the building where I work, the enemy can put his foot in the door and allow me to think certain things about people when, in fact, I don’t know the whole truth. This can lead me to judge that said person. The Lord has been teaching me over and over again, that you simply cannot trust everyone you encounter, and you certainly cannot believe everything you hear. I have learned to give people the benefit of the doubt, and I have learned to check my facts before I start judging where it’s not my place to judge. I’ve also learned not to listen to the “gossip”, and pray for the people who are doing it. I’ve learned to be a light amidst the darkness no matter how hard it is. Last, but not least, I’ve learned to give grace where grace is due. There are so many people that just simply do not truly know how to display the love of God. I have to remember that the enemy has his hold on people, and they don’t know any better. When I think of this, it leads me to repentance for judging, and it also brings me to a place where all I want to do is love them and give them grace because they just don’t know any better. I’ve noticed in my work place, that sometimes it’s not my words that make a difference, but rather, my actions. Everything that I just stated is not to bring “glory” to me, but to give glory to the One above, because I have been able to see and display what true grace and love can look like in the real world. Is it easy? Heck no! It takes a lot of humility and breaking down walls to get past the enemy’s schemes. When you work in a semi-negative atmosphere, it is so hard to be positive and push through. But, it IS possible.
So, if you choose to swallow anything that I just wrote above, I challenge you to take yourself to the next level of giving more grace than what you receive. For it is better to give than to receive. Even the poorest man will give his food away if needed. Make yourselves rich in the knowledge of God, and show love in action even when it doesn’t seem deserving.