In my last post To Love or Not To Love I talked about how we can push away people by how we act towards them. Or how they see us treat others. We do need to be careful what we do. If only for the reason that a picture is worth a thousand words. It seems all too often what we do does not match up with what we say. People will only see our actions and not listen to our words in many cases. The reason? We can lie with our mouths but not with our actions. At least for very long. Therefore we need to make sure that our walk matches our talk, at all times.

         But this also means that we need to remember where we ourselves come from. We can’t come across as being better than others. We need to remember that we are no better than anyone else. We need to remember where we have come from. That is, we are sinners, saved by grace through the mercy of someone else.

        But let me define what I mean by the terms grace and mercy. GRACE = unmerited favor. MERCY = not getting what we deserve. From a biblical standpoint or Christian viewpoint I am saying  that I am a sinner, saved by the unmerited favor by not getting what we deserve. We who have been a Christian for quite awhile tend to forget that. We forget that God showed us grace and mercy when we first came to him. What we need to do is extend that same grace and mercy to those around us.

          I am not saying that we need to turn a blind eye at everything a person does. There are times when love says that we will need to confront others. But we need to remember that we have come from similar backgrounds. Doesn’t mean that we can’t come against what they are doing wrong. I am saying that patience is needed and sometimes grace and mercy is needed instead of the firmer hand..

          Patience was extended to us by God. Which we should be very happy for. God could have taken us any time He wanted to. Instead, He chooses to extend His patience to us. Why? He has a plan for us. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” If he was to get angry with over every little thing we do, eventually he would just get of us. Instead he shows patience and has his hand out to us. He wants to give us grace and mercy and not His wrath.

          But he also expects His children to do the same thing. Extending a hand in patience in order to bring them to same grace and mercy that we have from God. He to show His love to the world through us. All we have to do is change the way we see things. Take a look at others through His eyes and not our own.

            I will approach the subjects of grace and mercy at a later date. Just remember that we are not perfect. Which also means that those we are supposed to go to are the same way. Remember  where you have come from and allow the things learned from then to now help you draw others to Christ as you had been.

  1. savedbygrace says:

    amen bro.. amen..

    Jesus is our perfection. We look unto Jesus. not unto ourselves or others.
    If we look unto Jesus, we see others are righteous
    If we look unto Jesus, we love the unlovable
    if we look unto Jesus, we reflect Jesus to others..

    grace and peace

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