Does He Deserve Grace?
Romans 5:20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
Out there somewhere is someone who has done you wrong? They were low down, dirty, and rotten to the core. Perhaps they betrayed or misled you or someone you love. Perhaps they stole your innocence. Perhaps they publically humiliated you. I can imagine every cell in your body is screaming out for vengeance. But does he or she deserve grace?
I was at the movie The War Room the other night and this was one of the questions. For me it called to the forefront every person in my life who had caused me collateral damage. I sat there and examined the silhouette of each person who appeared before me and I almost screamed out YES! See no matter how they mishandled or damaged me, they deserve grace.
Because I need God’s sho- nuff, extra strength, new and improved, version of grace to saturate every nook and cranny of my life. See we can be so caught up in our pain, they we delve into self-righteousness. We can slip over into an unforgiving lifestyle. We can forget that we too have been guilty of hurting someone, whether on purpose or not.
Now I know that this is not YOU. I realize that I am the only person in the world that has suffered at the hands of someone else and wanted retribution applied to his or her life. I am not ashamed to say I wished for a rogue band of vigilantes to run across them on night in a dark alley.
Here is the thing, I can spend the rest of my life with that junk in my heart and never see the true fullness of God moving in my life. I firmly believe that holding on to those painful things hinders us in regards to God blessings. For example, there are those among us who refuse to whole-heartedly enter relationships because they have been hurt before. In actually they are holding themselves hostage, not able to more forward or move backwards. They love superficially, only on the surface. That kind of love requires lots of affirmations, coddling and things like sex for them to feel like it is real.
When we come to understand that even our enemies need Gods grace, we are free to forgive and let it go.
Prayer: Lord saturate our lives today with your love and grace. Help us to see those that we need to release and forgive that we may be free to live, move and have our being in you. In Jesus name , Amen!
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