What does your grace meter read?
"For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you" Matthew 7:2
When someone wrongs you, are you quick to repay the wrong, or quick to forgive?
Grace- means undeserved favor. And the truth is, none of us deserve grace! That's why it's called grace. But yet, the ultimate grace was bestowed upon on us. Why then, are we so quick to judge, or point fingers?
I watch people use social media tear one another apart, to point out the defects and flaws in the one an other. For what!?
What good can come from that?
NOTHING! That's what.
If we practiced more grace and less judgment, how different would our world be?
Christians, we are supposed to be the epitome of gracious. And yet, we are the first to throw a stone.
The very next verse in Matthew 7 says
3. "Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?"
Understanding grace is important, but that alone won't change a life unless we move from knowledge of grace, to the understanding of grace, and lastly, to the application of grace.
Are we gracious with our spouses, our children, our extended family, or with our co-workers?
It's exhausting to live in judgment, and I'm not just talking about the one judging...But also to everyone around them.
Because those around you constantly feel inadequate, and never “good enough.”
But living in grace, is living a life of freedom.
Grace is free sovereign favor to the ill-deserving.”(B.B. Warfield)
“Grace is love that cares and stoops and rescues.”(John Stott)
“[Grace] is God reaching downward to people who are in rebellion against Him.”(Jerry Bridges)
“Grace is unconditional love toward a person who does not deserve it.” (Paul Zahl)
Grace is most needed and best understood in the midst of sin, suffering, and brokenness.
We live in a world of "earning" you only get something because you've “earned” it.
In a world of "deserving" you have, because you “deserve” to have. And in a world of "merit" meaning, you are “worthy” of it.
And earning, deserving and merit, all result in judgment. That is why everyone wants (whether they know it or not) and needs grace!
Judgment kills! Only grace, makes alive.
The good news is, we can change! Practice being more gracious to the ones who deserve it the least.. In doing so, you'll not only change their lives, but you'll also change as well. Because living a life of grace liberates your mind from the mental slavery. You can now enjoy happiness, a relaxed mind, and boundless energy.
See, grace is the antidote to spiritual dis-ease, stress, anxiety, paranoia, and depression. Because in a state of grace, you know your purpose, and you can effortlessly succeed and create a life that benefits not only you, but an ever growing circle of those around you. Because grace helps you, and others thrive and survive.
I pray you enjoy the gracious life!
I'm your Mrs International, reminding you-
TO CHOOSE LOVE,