What Grace Is Not

Sometimes, I think we just don't take Jesus seriously.

If we did, we would be far more graceful in how we deal with people and situations. A lot of us are prone to equating gracefulness with weakness. There's no easy way around this: that's a lie.

If gracefulness was weakness, then Jesus was weak.

If gracefulness was weakness, then John was weak.

If gracefulness was weakness, then Peter was weak.

If gracefulness was weakness, then Paul was weak.

None of us would contend that these men were not weak men. Jesus was, of course, Jesus, and the other three are the biggest names in the Christian faith besides Jesus himself.

All of these men preached over and over again to love your enemies, to pray for those who persecute you, to repay evil with good. Yet we continue to criticize those who criticize us, slander those who disagree with us, and repay them with the exact same evil they dealt us.

Grace and Love are the most powerful forces in the world.

How do I know this?

Jesus saved us with them.

He showed us grace when we were, not simply deep, but dead in sin. He raised dead people to life with grace and yet we deny it's power by refusing to show it to others. How can we disregard what God has done to us by withholding it from people who wrong us?

Someone in your life has wronged you. Show them grace.

Show grace today.

and tomorrow. and the next day. and the next day.

Show grace everyday.

*Because Jesus shows you grace everyday. *

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