God’s law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful grace became more abundant.
How many of us have family members or friends that just drive us to seek God’s grace for their lives? I mean it seems like every time we see them, we have to brace ourselves, stay in the love of God and just listen to them rant and rave about whatever life has thrown at them this time. Ya know those people who can’t say a nice word about anything and feel like the whole world is against them. Or what about the ones who are in sin and choose to stay there while there lives are falling apart? Lastly, what about the persons who think they have it all together but you can clearly see the unhappiness in their lives?
All of these people need grace…not our grace, but God’s grace.
I have several persons in my life that I feel I need to give grace to on a daily basis. Some of this borders with compassion, yet I feel without God’s grace I could not have the compassion to love. I know people talk about me behind my back and some may even despise me. Some don’t get why I divorced and remarried. Others are perhaps envious of how happy I really am. In the whole scheme of things, it is not I who needs to take care of these situations, it is Jesus. God will never leave or forsake me and He will take care of my enemies, I am called to love and love means grace, forgiveness and compassion.
When you combine love with grace you are able to forgive and when you forgive you can find room in your heart for compassion. If you melt all these things together you find freedom. With freedom comes peace. Sigh! What a relief to discover that the root of all we have to do is love. God is love and it is through Him that we even obtain grace. If He gave it to us and it freed us from our sin then why would we not want to free others around us with His grace?
Who are the persons in your life that are in need of grace? Are you withholding grace because of offenses? Do you desire to be free? I urge us all to seek out the grace God gave to us to give to others. We are called to love and sometimes that means just keeping the peace in certain relationships. Sometimes grace needs to be from a distance and that’s perfectly okay. Just remember grace comes from love and all the love you need is in Jesus.