Grace is the Key
Verse 7 It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me.
As we have been learning, creating unity requires being in unity with God first but there are steps that we need to make in keeping unity with those around us.
Loving those around us is not always easy. They would likely say the same about us. The reason it is hard for us is that we often run low or out of grace. Grace is a word that we throw around in Christian circles but that we don’t tend to give much thought to. Grace should be something we think about daily, maybe even hourly.
What we need to grasp to make grace a characteristic of our lives is that we are nothing without His grace. If we aren’t aware and thankful for His grace we will never be able to give grace to those around us. We must first see our own need for grace before we can think others deserve it as well. It isn’t that we don’t know that they need grace, but just as we have to admit that we need grace we have to admit that others aren’t beyond deserving grace from us.
The fact that we fight giving grace to those we have around us is actually an issue of pride in our lives. If we ignore our need for grace we tend to start seeing the faults of others. And when we start seeing their faults we start thinking about how much better we are than them. This is where the pride starts ruling in our hearts and that is the beginning of disunity.
Grace is the key to unity, both ours with God and ours with each other. Unity doesn’t mean that others won’t hurt us. Nor does it mean that there will never be any disagreements. Since we are all people who need grace, we can be sure that we will find times to learn to disagree with grace.
Showing grace to one another is a way that we can show love, a love that is reflective of His grace to us due to His love for us.
Making It Personal
What level of grace do you give others? What would your relationship with God be if He gave the same level of grace to you? Who do you need to show grace to today?
Making It Personal Kids
What does it mean to show grace? Have you even shown grace to someone? Who needs your grace today?
Father, we praise You for Your grace. Help us learn to show grace as freely as You do so that we can have unity with You and each other. In Jesus’ name, amen.