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HOW TO GET A BIT MORE GRACE IN YOUR LIFE (2)

HOW TO GET A BIT MORE GRACE IN YOUR LIFE (2)

‘If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation…’ 2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV

Who could stand before God without grace?

The grace that Jesus demonstrated on the cross was given to us ‘…while we were still sinners.’ (Romans 5:8 NIV) so we can’t be unwilling to show this grace to friends, family, or strangers. That boundary-breaking new start from God: let it guide all your interactions with others…

Following yesterday, here are three more ways to practically demonstrate grace to others:

1) Celebrate them.

Don’t take it upon yourself to try and change others into who you think they should be. The work of change is for God. What would it mean to step back and celebrate the good in those who challenge you? Ask yourself how you could do that, for example, in a conversation. (But remember that it might have to start first in changing your attitude to others.)

2) Don’t condemn them.

The Pharisees saw only the stagnant worst in the woman caught in adultery, but Jesus saw what she could become if she was shown a bit of grace. He picked up on her sin, but still said “I do not condemn you… go, but do not sin again.” (John 8:11 GNB).

Generous grace is not just about ignoring sin,

but letting people see that they can become the ‘new creatures’ that God has called us to be.

3) Forgive them.

We can be really hurt by others but by resenting that, we only add injury to our own insult. Be quick to take things to God and just drop them for your own sake too. Through God’s grace ‘…What left a mark no longer stings, because grace makes beauty out of ugly things’ (that’s not the Message Bible, by the way, that’s the song ‘Grace’ by U2.)

What now?
Here’s a challenging prayer when you’re getting seriously irritated with other people: ‘Lord, change me’… are you up for it?

Joy Ferdiz

October 30th, 2013

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