Word 4U Today

HOW TO GET A BIT MORE GRACE IN YOUR LIFE (1)

HOW TO GET A BIT MORE GRACE IN YOUR LIFE (1)

‘…but where sin increased, grace increased all the more’ Romans 5:20 NIV

Relationships can’t breathe without grace.

Because all of humanity is pretty broken, the whole range of human experience is open to being stained by our sin. Misunderstanding and hurt can
happen even in the best of friendships.

Offering grace to someone who’s wronged you might not bring you a rush of good feeling. It
might (probably will) feel more like an empty space (or sometimes, like gargling saltwater, lol.).The satisfaction of ‘just desserts’ that we expected and probably would be quietly enjoying is gone.

It’s tough, sometimes. But offering people grace is about them first. Being loved enough to get another chance before it’s about you or your sense of happily scoring holy points.

Here’s the first of four ways that you can practically demonstrate it:

1) Work on your own mind.

Focus on the positive. Is this person really stubborn, or simply dedicated and persistent? Are they truly disorganized or actually spontaneous and flexible? Changing your perspective can let grace shed light on the situation. You might find you are able to do this best when you actively fill your mind with things that are ‘…true, noble… the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.’ (Philippians 4:8 TM) And remember that our expectations have an impact on others. People will often live up to the image we hold of them.

 

What now?
Close your eyes and picture someone who you know has wronged you at some point. Pray for strength to do something undeservedly good for them. Then, open your eyes, and do it.

Joy Ferdiz

October 29th, 2013

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