Why write about grace?
What good does it do to study grace if I am not willing to live grace?
Giving grace, making allowances, the benefit of the doubt comes easy most of the time, except to myself… expect when I am hurt… or scared… or full of pride.
Why talk grace for others if there is no grace for the face in the mirror?
Grace for others is hard to muster when grace is not received.
Freely I have received so freely I must give. (Matthew 10:8)
Grace was freely given. Have I freely received?
Grace has made me the righteousness of Christ. (Romans 5:17) Do I freely receive that? In my head I do. In Bible study time I do. When I fail? When I choose to be selfish? When I wish a thousand times I was different?
I don’t receive it very well. I push it away with questions, confusion, doubt. I must choose to receive by faith.
Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, (emphasis mine) Thessalonians 2:16 NHEB
Grace gave me comfort and hope. They are given. They are available. I must take hold. I must choose comfort. I must choose hope.
God has freely given, so freely that I may leave His gifts sit on my shelf unused forever.I choose to open His gift of grace. I take down from the shelf again.
Do you struggle with freely receiving grace?
Do you struggle to freely give grace?