“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
“He himself is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours, but also for those of the whole world.” 1 John 2:2
Tonight while sitting talking with Dave, I was reminded how grateful I am for the gift of Grace. See Grace is a gift given to all of us by God when He sent his only son to die on a cross. The most amazing thing about this gift, it came with no conditions. God didn’t say “I’ll forgive you for certain sins but for some you will not be forgiven. “ God said ALL SINS are forgiven when you pray the prayer of salvation and ask for forgiveness!!
Sin comes in many different shapes and sizes. Taking the life of a human being is a sin in the same sense as telling a lie. Stealing from your neighbor is the same as coveting what that same neighbor has. Lusting after someone who is not your spouse is the same as committing adultery. I think you get the point.
So when someone sins against us we have two choices: 1)we can hold a grudge against them and treat them like they are an outcast or 2) we can show them love and grace like is shown to us each and every single day by God.
You see Grace is the most incredible gift you can offer another human being. To be able to be like Jesus; as he was being persecuted and bleeding on a cross; He still said “forgive them father for they know not what they do!” How amazing is that?! That is a gift that I know I personally thank God for every night when I lay my head on the pillow, because I am far from perfect and I know I mess up daily. Without God’s Grace I don’t know where I would be and truthfully I don’t even want to think about it.
So this Christmas season, maybe instead of looking for the most expensive gift to give someone, maybe you can offer the gifts of Grace and Forgiveness to someone who may have hurt you with their words or actions. One day over your lifetime, I am sure you will be grateful that someone offered these gifts to you.