And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Corinthians 12:9).
We had a guest Pastor Preach this past week, and it stepped on, more than likely, every single one in the congregation. If you walked out of that sermon, not being under conviction, there was a HUGE problem!
See Y’all, we live in a world, where we want to eat our cake, but hold onto it as well. Sad, but it’s the truth just the same. We sometimes “want it both ways!”
As Christians, we want God’s grace and mercy when “WE” sin, but we want God’s judgment, on the sin’s of others. Is this attitude lining up, with what God’s word says, Friends? NO, it does NOT!
By Grace Through Faith
And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. (Ephesians 2:1-3).
And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight, if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister. (Colossians 1:21-23).
Friends, we must keep in mind, how we lived our lives, apart from Christ. That should be a reminder for us, to change our attitudes, towards how non-Christians live theirs. Granted, our’s and someone else’s lifestyle may be something we would NEVER consider doing, but in God’s eyes, it’s all sinful and dirty rags, in his sight, regardless! Do you agree?
I don’t know about you, but there are countless things, that I wished I’d done differently, and I shouldn’t have received God’s forgiveness!
I know without a doubt, God has forgiven me, once I repented, and asked for his forgiveness. However, there are things, I allowed to take place, that I knew was wrong, and I have to live with that.
Confession time for me…Even though “I” have received God’s mercy in this, I feel someone else, should NOT. That is so wrong of me!
If you became a born-again believer, at a young age, or grown up in Church, do you think it makes it harder, to appreciate God’s grace, compared to if you became born again, follower of Jesus Christ, in much later age?
I believe we take, God’s grace and forgiveness, for granted much to often. Would you think that’s a true statement also?
Grace is for Everyone
Answer yourself these questions Friends?
- By your actions and attitudes, who do you consider, as “too big a sinner” to able to receive, the gift of grace, that God extends?
- Why is it a contradiction, to think someone doesn’t deserve God’s mercy?
- How are you going to extend, the same grace to others, that you have received, from Jesus Christ?
I will throw myself under the bus, so to speak, with my actions and thoughts…AGAIN! For the longest time, I felt my first husband, doesn’t deserve God’s grace, for the years of how he mistreated me, physically, verbally, and emotionally. I certainly did NOT want to extend him grace. NO WAY!
You know when the Holy Spirit, is convicting your heart. I’m just thinking, REALLY LORD? I can NOT do it! Look at all he made me endure! All the suffering, isolation, and hurt! I even attempted suicide, because I felt, it was my ONLY way, to stop the pain! You mean to tell me if I want to receive your grace, then I must extend him grace? Softly spoken in my spirit…..YES!!
Now I just feel sadness for him, because he’s living apart from God. I haven’t seen or spoken to him, in a very long time, but I have told him…I Forgive You! Trust me, it did NOT happen overnight! It took a long time, probably too long, in all honesty. Now, my Prayer is that he will fall, to his knees in repentance, and ask for God’s grace and mercy.
That’s NOT Fair God
Think of how you would answer these Y’all?
- What do you most complain about, or get angered by? How does this reveal your “fairness/entitlement” way of viewing issues?
- Whom do you compare yourself to? Does in involve pride or envy?
- Whom do you gossip about, because you resent their success? Are you begrudging God’s generosity towards them, by blessing or not punishing them?
Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work. (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17).
That’s Not Fair God! How can you extend these your grace and mercy?
- A pedophile who molest our children
- A rapist that brutally harms another’s body
- An abuser who repeatedly destroys the spirit from someone
- Sex trafficking ring who prey on our young for money
- A murderer who never gets punished for taking a loved one’s life
That is just a few, and trust me when I say, my list can go on and on.
Friends, the thing that “I MUST” keep in mind is this
- It doesn’t matter what “I think” is “right” and “wrong” but what God says is “right” and “wrong!”
- I don’t get to pick and choose who “I think” “should” or “shouldn’t” receive the gift of grace! That is left to God, and him alone!
- I have to stop thinking “my sin” isn’t as bad as “their sin!” Sin is Sin…Period!
As much as we’d like for God, to NOT extend grace to——You can fill in whom or what you want. The truth is, that the grace we have received, is the same grace, that God offers to ALL. Yes, that includes EVERYONE!!! Even the ones, we do NOT necessarily feel, is worthy of receiving it. If “WE” want God’s grace, “WE” have to extend grace. We can’t have it both ways!
I hope this helps, the way view things, also Y’all. “WE CAN’T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS!” If we want to receive, God’s grace and forgiveness, in our lives….We must be willing, to extend the same grace, given to us….”regardless of the circumstance.”
I used my Church pulpit curriculum, for the majority of this post, because the questions they want us to answer, reveals what’s in our hearts, and that brings conviction, repentance, forgiveness, and grace…Extend it to someone today, that you’ve been withholding it towards.
Also, remember this…In God’s eyes, it doesn’t matter…If I’m guilty of stealing candy, and another person is guilty, of being a pedophile, we are both worthy of receiving God’s grace, “IF” we have a repentant heart, and ask God’s forgiveness, God will extend it to both!
Your Sister in Christ
Here is the audio of the sermon that was preached. May it convict your heart too
Hey Friends. Thank you for taking time out of your day, to spend a few moments in mine. As a follower of Jesus Christ, it’s important to me to share the gospel with you. I write about my ups and downs, my struggles and insecurities, but above all else, I share how God brings me through it all. Let’s continue our walk with Christ together.