Grace truly is an amazing thing.
How in the world, we could ever expect to give it or receive it without acknowledging that it exists as a gift from Almighty God remains a mystery.
Of course, we all know life is hard and the days are rough.
We have our days where we look to receive and probably don't.
We have our days where we are asked to give it and would rather not.
Justification often stands in the way of both. Often skewed by our own perspectives, we make the most interesting arguments and reasons as to why and who is worth this gift.
In reality, none of us are worthy to receive it.
Likewise, none of us are in a position to grant it either.
Indeed grace is a gift. Having received it from God makes it that much easier to give to our fellow man. At least it should. Yet, sadly, whether within the church or outside of it, we often hesitate to extend it. For when we do, it is simply another opportunity to reflect and exemplify our Lord and Savior. Granted we must use wisdom and discernment at times, that we may truly understand and handle the circumstances we face; but more often than not, grace should flow more often than it probably does.
It's a struggle for us all. It's a struggle for our leaders. And in the context of that relationship alone, grace is a difficult process often made more complex by the expectations created by faith.
So, pray, this #associatePastorTuesday. Whether in need of receipt or expected to grant, pray for pastors in difficult places where grace is needed. Whether at home or at church, may God grant to them wisdom and discernment as they walk through the conversation and decision process. Pray for understanding, that they would know the when, where and how to respond to the people and circumstances they face. May our first thought be to exemplify and glorify Christ, in all that we say or do; even when we are inclined to assert our rights or stand our defense.
May we extend grace
When it is undeserved,
Even as we have received grace
That we did not deserve.
That the world may see Christ
Reflected through imperfect lives.
Amazing grace, indeed.
For the cause of Jesus Christ.
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