People will always let us down, at one point or another. Especially those closest to us.
But, let’s be real for a moment…we do the same thing.
Let’s face it – we’re not perfect, and we won’t be perfect this side of heaven.
That is what makes grace so great.
Grace is not just the blessing we say before a meal or the way in which we move – but the unmerited favor, honor, and goodwill from one to another.
Grace is showing mercy when we have the upper hand. It’s forgiving those who have offended us, again and again. It’s being kind to unkind people, and loving the unlovable.
Grace is God sending his only Son, Jesus Christ, to take on our guilt and shame and to stand in our place of punishment, so that we might be reconciled to Him (2 Cor. 11-21).
Grace is God extending his hand to us, in spite of our gross imperfections, and saying, “I love you, child…you are my special possession” (1 Peter 2:9).
I’ll just go ahead and confess, I often forget these truths.
I’ll beat myself up about the slightest things – the house is messy, the mail didn’t get picked up, the van is on empty…again. Then, I’ll turn that unforgiving attitude towards others – they didn’t say thank you, she didn’t call me back, what he said was unforgivable. I could go on and on…but, I imagine you get the idea.
The Bible says,
As God’s fellow workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. For he says, ‘In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.’ I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation (2 Cor. 6:1,2 NIV).
Friend, we aren’t promised tomorrow. When I take time to stop and remember that this life is not my home; that I am only passing through, my perspective shifts. It becomes a little easier to let go of hurts and put my petty frustrations in a proper perspective.
Is there someone in your life today that needs a little grace?
Perhaps, it’s you.
God loves you, friend. Every day he gives is a second chance at getting it right.
It’s a new day…a grace-filled day.